A collection of Edwardian photographs, depicting some of the hairstyles of the time, like the Low Pompadour. Hatpin Hairstyle. Side-Swirls. Flapper (The title ‘Flapper’ originally referred to teenage girls who wore their hair in single plait which often terminated in a wide ribbon bow.) & the pompadour.
Katie Smith, food for thought.
These Days is my first novel. It’s about a guy who designs prop computer interfaces for furniture showrooms and a girl who doesn’t have a cellphone.
It came out of a journaling exercise in the summer of 2009. I found myself devoting more and more nights and weekends to it, and three years later, I successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign to publish it. I hired an editor, completed the final manuscript, then designed and typeset the book myself. A limited run of hardcover editions went out to Kickstarter backers in April 2013, and the paperback and e-book are now available in the US:
If you live outside the US, or prefer to purchase DRM-free ePub files directly from me, you can do so here.
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I am having way too much fun reading this book. I recommend it.
"Take care of yourself until you’re old enough to do your best work. That’s when everything becomes clearer what’s important and what’s less important, and how to proceed."
Pulitzer Prize-winning Composer Henry Brant (89 years old) via A Lesser Photographer
The Slow Web
One of the better spots to enjoy a bowl of ramen noodles here in New York is Minca, in the East Village. Minca is the kind of place just out of the way enough that as you’re about to get there, you start wondering if you’ve already passed it. A bowl of noodles at Minca isn’t quite as neatly put together as those of other ramen establishments in the city, but it is without a doubt among the tastiest. There’s a home-cooked quality to a bowl of noodles at Minca. And there’s a homey vibe to the restaurant. Minca is a good place to meet a friend and sit and talk and eat and drink, and eat and talk and sit and drink some more.
The last time I was at Minca, I had an especially enjoyable conversation with Walter Chen. Walter is the CEO of a company called iDoneThis, a quiet little service that helps you catalog the things you’ve accomplished each day. iDoneThis sends you a daily email at your specified time, and you simply reply with a list of things you did that day. It’s useful for teams who want to keep track of what everyone is working on, and for individuals who just want to keep track.
I first reached out to Walter because I was mesmerized by this koan at the bottom of the daily emails:
iDoneThis is a part of the slow web movement. After you email us, your calendar is not updated instantaneously. But rest up, and you’ll find an updated calendar when you wake.
iDoneThis is a part of the slow web movement. The Slow Web Movement. I’d never heard that phrase before. I immediately started digging around—and by that I mean I googled “Slow Web Movement”—and the lone relevant search result was a blog post from two years ago. If you run the search again today, you’ll find Walter’s writeup on his company blog, which reflects a lot of what he told me over dinner.
As we talked further, I said to Walter that as soon as I saw “the slow web movement,” I assigned my own meaning to it. Because it’s a great name, and great names are like knots—they’re woven from the same stringy material as other words, but in their particular arrangement, they catch, become junctions to which new threads arrive, from which other threads depart. For me, “The Slow Web” neatly tied together a slew of dangling thoughts.
I remember my Nepal visit. We waited for hours for this one mountain peak to emerge from the clouds. At first, I didn’t understand the big deal about it. Then the peak showed itself. And I knew why it was a big deal.
This mountain was so far away that I couldn’t see any part of it. Yet, the peak was so high up in the sky. It was humbling to say the least.
This photo was taken by Carl J. Spencer. It is of Mt. Everest. I understand the significance of this even though the entire mountain is not in the frame
Walk into the light.
The geometry is fantastic!
"As if you knew, you rose just as the spring sunshine awoke. Perhaps you both keep the same time."
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The Prince Charles Cinema projection room
It is always fun to peek into the photography of R.C. Johnson, the director of Brick which is one of my favorite film.