Category: life

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Ken Krug’s literary diptych still-life juxtapositions

Some years back, Ken Krug painted a series of small diptych portrait/still lives: each with a book (favorites of Ken’s—usually his own beat-up paperback copies) and an object. I loved the intended and (mostly) accidental juxtapositions, which struck me as both literary and quotidian. I’ve had one of these (Spiegelman’s...

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my tiny urban garden

My tiny urban garden—here along an alley between 46th/47th, Osage, and Larchwood—is producing lots of beautiful herbs and veggies. It’s south-facing and so gets tons of sun (and the worst heat) but it drains well and we’ve had a good deal of rain. Here are some mid-August wonders.

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Cornwall deck in the Sunday morning sun

Another early July weekend in Cornwall with Liz and Ken. And the luck of the weather. It broke, and we are taking in the slant of Sunday morning sun on the old deck. The heavy contrast of sun and shade made my reach for my Nikon.

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Laurie Olin sketches me

During a meeting in which I and architect Jeff Goldstein (of the DIGSAU firm) presented on our plan to renovate and expand the Arts Cafe at KWH, Laurie Olin, the eminent architect, sketched the south-facing end of the plan for the space & sketched me too.

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A frigid winter day’s walk to the Morgan

We walked from Greenwich Village to the Morgan Library today. It must have been 10 degrees F. But we layered up and made it in good shape. Then saw several good exhibits, including one about Charles Dickens on tour. Here are some photos, in no order, taken on the walk...

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Xmas walk around Manhattan

It’s an annual thing with us—a long Xmas day and evening walk around Manhattan. These time we specialized in the Lower East Side, Chinatown and the East Village. Here is a selection of photos from the day. Click on any image for a larger view.

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snowy Sunday at Osage Avenue

Took a dawn walk this Sunday morning to see what the snow that fell all day yesterday—10 hours or so of flurries—would look like from behind the camera’s lens. Here are a few of the dawn shots. One is indoors, as you can see: our miraculous “Christmas” cactus, which came...

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Thanksgiving ’17

My dad—Sam Filreis—passed away suddenly on Thanksgiving a year ago. In 2007 he and I went on a river cruise up the Rhone in southern France, and brought back 4 bottles of a perfect Beaujolais, purchased after spending a happy afternoon drinking with the proprietors of a backcountry vineyard. When...