Before we go any further I want to say that this blog will never be a political one. There’s no quicker buzz kill than to get caught up in a discussion that will never end anywhere except in disagreement. That said, tonight is the first debate between candidates. Everyone I’ve spoken to or overheard is expressing extreme anxiety or just total disinterest. The concensus is that something bad is going to happen. I feel compelled to watch this evening. I’m the sort that prefers to know the nature and measure of the beast lurking inches from my door. So if you too have a curious mind and strong sense when mischief is afoot may want to tune in.
Actually, that’s what I’m about to do in a couple of weeks. Anton and I are going over to visit family and friends in Germany and Spain. We’ll start the trip with a family trek hiking Säntis, a mountain close by in the Appenzell region of Switzerland.
Labor Day means many things but on the East coast it often means hurricane season. In the 28 years I’ve been going out to East Hampton we’ve been through a few doozies. Hannah, Irene, Gloria, Hugo, Bob, Floyd and Sandy are just the most memorable. I remember all of them well. READ MORE >
NYC is standing at an interesting crossroads. When I moved here after college, a long time ago, it was busy cleaning itself up. Let’s just say there was a bit too much color in the local color. READ MORE >
I don’t know if it’s because summer is ending and schools are opening but I feel this compulsion to organize my life, to clean it up and get it back on track. Or, at least get it to a place where I can see the track. I was thinking I might attack the ‘closet’ in my apartment which is actually a room. READ MORE >
The Olympics have taken possession of the world’s collective heart. A sprawling South American nation rife with economic, political and social upheaval plays host to the Olympic Games and the world with barely the strength to hold its own. And yet the world comes, the Games proceed, records are set, and at the closing there are many a wet eye. It was touching to watch the whole event and just when you think Olympic Women’s Beach Volleyball will never, ever, ever end the closing ceremony is finished.
Yesterday I had to make a trip to my storage unit. Even though its not so far from me, going there always feels like going to another country, another almost alien world. Having just lost my wallet the week before it took some wrangling to get a new card that would admit me to the elevator to get to said unit. Anyway, once I unlocked the door it was like pulling back a curtain on my recent past.READ MORE >
Designer burn-out and burn-up continues at a mad pace. The turn-over rate lately is almost as regular as the tides. Like a broken record version of musical chairs, they run and run and hope to find an empty spot to fill. Well, Raf Simons of Dior, Jil Sander and Raf Simons fame is the new man behind the wheel at Calvin Klein. He will be in charge of women’s, men’s, jeans, underwear, cosmetics, store design and advertising. In short, he’ll be the single vision for the whole company. This apparently is what he didn’t possess at Christian Dior which precipitated his departure last year.
Every year around now NYC experiences one of its more cosmic moments. It’s commonly known, though not to me, as Manhattanhenge. That would be when the setting sun aligns perfectly with West 23rd Street casting its rays dramatically straight across from the west to the east side of the city. I just happened to be walking up 8th Avenue this past Tuesday evening at about 8 pm when I came to the intersection at 23rd st. There was a throng of people standing smack in the middle of the intersection and all with smartphones and cameras held aloft pointing west at a blazing setting sun. It seemed everything was stopped including traffic. The thought of an invasion came to mind and considering it was about 150 degrees outside anything seemed possible. New York city is so full of incredible moments and this is just one more. Have a good weekend, keep your eyes and ears open and see you on the other side!