Tuesday, January 20 2015

This is My Apartment, Viewed from the Side, Outside

My apartment, the business downstairs.

At street level, right there, that is a hearse, parked, below my windows. The hearse is always there; I live above a funeral home in Bed-Stuy. 

On the topic of: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, Displacement, Existential Moments, Funeral Homes, Pondering, Small Businesses

Monday, January 19 2015

Free Stuff in Crown Heights

stroller missing free baby because it was snatched

Dang. Empty. Somebody already beat me to it.

On the topic of: Babies, Brooklyn, Crown Heights, Free Stuff

Monday, December 22 2014

At the Memorial for the Two Cops Killed Yesterday in Bed Stuy

tompkins projects murder nypd

On Sunday night, a vigil was being held for officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, the two NYPD officers shot and killed Saturday. I knew about the murders, and knew they happened in Bed-Stuy, where I live, but I didn't realize they happened right here, just a couple blocks from my studio space, until I was driving past the Tompkins-Myrtle intersection on the way home.

On the topic of: Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, Guns, Murders, New York City, NYPD, Outrage, Police, Rants, Reform, Shooting, Violence

Sunday, November 9 2014

New Orleans, Day 9: Tanker On the Highway

reflective rear of a tanker truck

I have crossed the seas, I have left cities behind me, and I have followed the source of rivers towards their source or plunged into forests, always making for other cities. I have had women, I have fought with men; and I could never turn back any more than a record can spin in reverse. And all that was leading me where? To this very moment...

Jean-Paul Sartre

On the topic of: Existential Dread, Highways, New Orleans, Poor Decisions, Reflections, Selfies, trucks

Tuesday, November 4 2014

New Orleans, Day 4: One Man in His Time Plays Many Parts, Including the Stop Sign

dirtbag drunk dude banging on stop sign with brass band

Earlier today I saw the guy now playing the stop sign taunting a tourist, shouting from across the street, "you can't even get an erection," among other things, most of which were incoherent.

He's definitely not with the band (the legendary Treme Brass Band), but he isn't too bad either.

On the topic of: Brass Bands, Dirtbags, Improvisation, Jazz, Music, New Orleans, Street Performances

Monday, November 3 2014

New Orleans, Day 3: Breakfast, Sort-of, at Café du Monde

waitress tray cafe du monde beignets coffee

Servers were endlessly running in and out of the kitchen while many patrons sat, waiting to order, at empty tables. There are so many places at which I still have to eat, how could I stop to sit down? I waited in line to get a take-out bag of beignets and an iced chicory cafe au lait to go.

On the topic of: Beignets, Café du Monde, Coffee, French Market, French Quarter, New Orleans, Travel, Vacation

Sunday, November 2 2014

New Orleans, Day 2: Sunday Morning Service at St. Louis Cathedral

mass in progress st louis cathedral

For the sake of my grandfather who departed earlier this year, I dropped in for Sunday service at St. Louis Cathedral. I've not been to a mass in 15 years. 

On the topic of: Catholicism, Ceilings, Church, Mass, New Orleans, Sundays, Travel, Voodoo

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