2 very tragic minor literary characters (and places)






“Here was St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. How to build a hotel to meet the requirements of nineteenth century America and have it in keeping with the character of the place? that was my hardest problem.” – Henry Flagler In both cases, the places they were from was just as important […]

Weekend 378.0 (…so you can wipe off that grin, I know where you’ve been)






(1) Small Stories: At Home in a Dollhouse (National Building Museum) (2) A quote from Staying Up Much Too Late by Gordon Theisen: “The Phillies sign does not overwhelm Nighthawks the way that “Ex-Lax” overwhelms Drug Store. But it does top the otherwise signless diner, like a false heaven that keeps the starlight out and […]

Gotham, Metropolis, The Big Apple…






A quote from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald “Over the great bridge, with the sunlight through the girders making a constant flicker upon the moving cars, with the city rising up across the river in white heaps and sugar lumps all built with a wish out of non-olfactory money. The city seen from […]

Weekend 372.1






“So the little prince, in spite of all the good will that was inseparable from his love, had soon come to doubt her. He had taken seriously words which were without importance, and it made him very unhappy.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Weekend 361.1 (…my green, my fluent mundo)






(1) A quote from Before Tomorrowland by Jeff Jensen, Jonathan Case, Damon Lindelof, and Brad Bird: “The cloaked Plus Ultra zeppelin, still visible in his alternate spectrums, hovered over the fair’s theme center, a pair of structures known as the Trylon and Perisphere. The former, a 180-foot-tall spike-shaped tower, doubled as the docking station for […]

Weekend 361.0 (Per inoequalem motum respect totes)






“Let us apply ourselves energetically in the present life, and hope in the future. Now is the time for the painful struggle; then will come the recompense.” – Saint Augustine (1) A quote from Before Tomorrowland by Jeff Jensen, Jonathan Case, Damon Lindelof, and Brad Bird: “They turned back to Henry. He was enjoying the […]

Weekend 357.0






(1) The limestone reading queue: (a) 1946 by Victor Sebestyen (b) Robert Moses: The Master Builders of New York City by Pierre Christin and Olivier Balez (c) Before Tomorrowland by Jeff Jensen, Jonathan Case, Brad Bird, and Damon Lindelof (d) Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow: Walt Disney and Technology by Christian Moran with Rolly Crump, Bob […]

Weekend 356.0 (…the moon belongs to everyone -or- the man with the mini orchestra)






“cuius regio, eius religio” (1) Garry Kasparov: Hey, Bernie, Don’t Lecture Me About Socialism. I Lived Through It. (The Daily Beast) “A society that relies too heavily on redistributing wealth eventually runs out of wealth to redistribute. The historical record is clear. It’s capitalism that brought billions of people out of poverty in the 20th […]

Weekend 345.0






(1) A quote from In Unfamiliar England by Thos D. Murphy: “There is not much left of the abbey. Henry VIII., with characteristic thrift, floated the stone down the river to build Hurst Castle. The refectory, now restored and used as a parish church, is the most perfect remnant of the once magnificent establishment, whose […]

Weekend 343.1






(1) On September 13, You Can Ride the 7 Train to Hudson Yards (2) ÖBB Headquarters / INNOCAD Architecture (ArchDaily) (3) More quotes from The Heart of our Cities by Victor Gruen: “There is a saying that the best things in life are free. Those best things are hard to come by in the sprawling […]

Weekend 341.0 (Project X)






What do you do with several gigs of photos from various trips to Walt Disney World and a bevy of books on the same subject? How about a project that uses both? The scan is from The Art of Walt Disney World Resort by Jeff Kurtti and Bruce Gordon. My photo of Space Mountain is […]

Subcityscape






A Gruen inspired renaissance? (1) The Mall Rises Again: How to breathe new life into America’s much-maligned indoor shopping centers. (City-Journal) (2) A related quote from Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler Imagineers said that when they were planning Tomorrowland, Walt would carry books around on city planning and mutter […]

Somerset Bridge Station






(1) Bermuda carriages found in Guyana (The Royal Gazette) Want to learn more? Find a copy of The Bermuda Railway (Gone – But Not Forgotten) by Colin A. Pomeroy.

le coup d’oeil de génie






Finished the Michael Korda tome on Ike. I still need to excerpt quotes, but love that his favorite painter was J.M.W. Turner. He “owned” a watercolor of Culzean Castle (by Turner) that hung in his bedroom and that he donated to the National Trust for Scotland shortly before his death. (1) What happens if Greece […]

Weekend 327.0 (2015 Winter Retreat)






CliffsNotes provided by “Let’s Be Still” from The Head and the Heart (see related). I spent the weekend at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, MA. It was a great weekend and I now find myself in a transitional space somewhere between Compline and the Superbowl. It was a retreat rich in metaphors too, at one […]