Vermilyea Avenue

I was hit squarely with the strong distinctive odor of cabbage and fried schnitzel while descending the stairs from my friend's fourth floor apartment. Then, it happened. You see, my nose, having been accosted, sparked the memory which stopped me in my tracks somewhere between the second and third floor... And there we were. My …

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Express yourself

An explosion of ideas Basquiat, Haring and Banksy did it via their Graffiti art. Madonna did it via her music. Writers, architects, actors, designers, dancers, chefs, and more, do it. They express themselves through their creations; announcing their presence to the world. Their genius lies in making the expression seem facile, when it certainly is …

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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

This book was recommended to me by a friend. Do your friend(s) a kindness and do the same because it is worth it. Written in a genteel manner, this elegant read is part history lesson and love story, part etiquette manual and cuisinay guide, part class study and artistic/literary essay. You will find yourself in …

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Zines are back!

When DIY reigned Back in the late seventies and into the eighties there existed the gritty, garage style, grass roots fanzine. A declaration and repository of the decades Zeitgeist. This cult wonder would once again reemerge, with the Riot grrrl scene, in the nineties (as the next wave of feminists and activists found their voices) …

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M.C. Escher – a love affair between math and art

In The Hague, on a frosty winter's day, I visited the 18th century Lange Voorhout Palace where, since November 2002, a permanent exhibition dedicated to the Dutch printmaker, draftsman, illustrator - graphic artist, Maurits Cornelis Escher resides. I actually came across the building by accident during my wanderings. Attracted by the banners for the exhibit …

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Go your own way

Let what is meaningful to you, be your guide We scribble in our journals, paint, sketch, write poetry and music, we sculpt and craft and build. This intriguing artistic endeavor to articulate abstract thoughts, ideas and feelings via a creative outlet. So exhilarating, liberating, magical! But, it can become poisoned by the very creator who …

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