There are restaurants that project an aura beyond the circles that frequent their tables and a few that roll with the wheel of time to participate in both past and present, their former pre-eminence sustained by a tenacious if faded splendour. Scarpetta belongs to the former category thanks to its celebrity chef Scott Conant [...]
A friend who saw them perform at South by Southwest this year introduced me to Fitz & The Tantrums yesterday. Their song MoneyGrabber is extremely catchy and the music video is what an iPod commercial would have looked like in 1964.
Handsome Furs, the Montreal duo made up of Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner and his musical partner and wife Alexei Perry, are releasing their new album Sound Kapital today. The songs What About Us and Repatriated are available for free download here. I’ve been listening to the song All We Want, Baby, Is Everything from their last [...]
This beautiful portrait (which you can find here) of the Zhanghuai Empress, first wife of the Zhenzong Emperor of the Song Dynasty, not only demonstrates the glory of Chinese painting but also that of Chinese textile arts. Notice the amazing makeup on the Empress’ face. The portrait hangs in the National Palace Museum in Taipei.
My grandfather bore a striking resemblance to Benito Mussolini in physique and temperament. The apartment building my grandfather built in Rome in the early 1960’s where my family spent its summers is in the rationalist district of Rome il Duce had built as the failed ‘universal exhibition’ of 1942. I eventually realized how suitable this [...]
“I have nothing more of my past with me than what I have retained in my mind. All else at this moment is unobtainable or lost. … For I look upon our memory not as an element which accidentally retains or forgets, but rather as a consciously organizing and wisely exclusionary power. All that one [...]
Canada is a great country. Canada is also a trio of directors with their own production company in Barcelona; they work on music videos, advertising, television, and fashion among other creative endeavours. They produced the video for El Guincho’s song Bombay last year, and it is definitely entertaining. (Canada also produced this recently released Battles video.) [...]
Since it was written a while ago, some of this article will have to be updated. In the meanwhile, enjoy. Since Eve ate apples, Much depends on dinner -Lord Byron Fontenelle, the author of A Plurality of Worlds, scorned diets; he died in 1757, at close to one hundred years of age, and the [...]
I was introduced to FlyKly electric bicycles on Monday. Think moped, subtract greenhouse gases and noise, add modern design and you’re on your way. Their website just went up and on Friday, June 24th, the company will open a pop-up shop at 19 Kenmare Street in Nolita in New York to introduce their product to [...]