Thursday, December 20, 2007

New York Magazine's Reasons to Love New York Right Now

Reasons include:

--Because Philip. Seymour. Hoffman.
--Because the Yankees are the New Red Sox
--Because our carbon footprints are smaller than farmers'
--Because you can never finish seeing the Met
--Because we're twice as generous as the rest of America

Holiday Train Show

As has become our tradition, we made our way up to the Bronx to visit the New York Botanical Garden's annual Holiday Train Show. Dozens of New York landmarks--the Brooklyn Bridge, City Hall, and the Statue of Liberty among them--made entirely out of plants and other organic materials form the backdrop for a variety of model trains speeding through the conservatory. For the first time, the train show ran after dark, with carolers and Christmas lights adding to the festive spirit.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

DiPaola's Turkey

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

At long last we visited Damien Hirst's sculpture at the Met, where it's on loan for the next few years. As our eyes adjusted to the optical illusion formed by the interplay among the glass, the formaldehyde, the gaping shark, and the light streaming in from Central Park, we overheard a curator telling a group that the original shark had decayed (the production was finished in 1991). The owner--not Hirst--then had to find a new shark to put into the tank.

But we'll sidestep what this means about art and collecting and ownership to say that the work itself is nothing short of creepy and gross. The Met did a good job of situating Hirst's thing within the context of the sublime, hanging other shark pictures nearby. And it is terrifying to imagine the shark alive and to see it preserved, dead.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Reindeer at the Bronx Zoo

Our annual pilgrimmage to the Bronx Zoo's Holiday Lights extravaganza was great, as usual, but particularly captivating this year were the reindeer. About 10, some sitting, some running, most just standing, stocky and furry and tired from holding up heavy horns all day. Alas, not a single red nose in sight. But you knew that was coming, right? (Picture from here. Thanks!)

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