Reading English-language books while traveling -- or living -- in other, non-English-speaking countries, is to read in a sort of imposed tunnel vision. The book is torn from my usual context of spoken, written, visual (like TV) English, and assumes a sort of extra dimension of meaning and significance in my mind's eye as if drifts … Continue reading Reading while Elsewheres: Zone of Interest
So, we've started taking calligraphy lessons. In Chinese culture, calligraphy was considered to be a higher art form than painting. Originating in a history of characters carved into tortoise shells and bones, and evolving into characters written with brushes, calligraphy has six styles. We're starting our classes with the xiao zhuan (seal) style, where each line is … Continue reading learning calligraphy
Ephemeral everyday art, a grass lantern from 上里 (Shang Li). I went to a small "old town" in Sichuan last summer called Shang Li. It's a pleasant place to stroll around, see a lot of older (Ming era & thereabouts) buildings and cross & re-cross the river via moon bridge or stepping stones. In the center of town, … Continue reading Ephemeral everyday art
Graffiti and street art flourishes in the streets of Tel Aviv, and I just love to take pictures of it.
The Philadelphia International terminal contains many nice pieces of art (sculptural, mostly), including -- yes! -- a replica of the Liberty Bell made from Legos!