1.30.2010

feels like 1º outside. coooolio

if it's gonna be this cold it should snow! come on. there's like a foot of snow in tennessee and there's zero here in new york. not snowing but still freezing is like it being hot as shit outside and not being able to go to the beach. kind of.

but i digress. here's a little gem i saw in my hood, which is a gem cause my hood isn't very pretty. the pink is from the sunset.


since it's been cold as fuck out- well, probably more due to my being unemployed and not as rich and having tons of time on my hands - i've been cooking a lot. i made one of my fave (i hate it also when people abbreviate words but for some reason i use "fave" a lot) vietnamese dishes my mom cooks. it's basically summer rolls, but with beef that you cook right there on the griddle as you eat, and you wrap as you eat. it's all hands-on and fun. my first attempt was a huuuuge success. nbd.


my first attempt at making panna cotta, a delicious italian eggless custard was also a pretty yummy success.


unfortunately i can not take credit for these gems. i found this photo on the internet. no idea who made these amazing punk rock cupcakes but kudos to you, you have good taste and a steady hand. i can only hope that the black icing tastes better than it looks.


also, there's a band practicing in the apt beneath me, they're generic brooklyn indie rock, but in between songs they are blasting britney spears. to each his own i guess

1.28.2010

RIP JD Salinger

well, there goes two great men from our century, two days in a row...

who doesn't love "Catcher in the Rye"?


this is a good brief article

it's the little things

a great man died today

RIP Howard Zinn


when i was in high school i became really politically active and was very passionate about learning more about the real truth, not just believing everything that was taught to me. i read Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" and "The Zinn Reader" and have since been a huge admirer of this incredible activist and historian. i just watched a documentary about him called "Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train", it's pretty good, doesn't delve too deep but you get the idea of what he was about. definitely watch it, netflix has it on instant play right now.

this is a very recent essay he wrote for The Nation on his thoughts about Obama's first year of presidency....this is for all you die-hard blind Obama followers:

Howard Zinn

Historian

I' ve been searching hard for a highlight. The only thing that comes close is some of Obama's rhetoric; I don't see any kind of a highlight in his actions and policies.

As far as disappointments, I wasn't terribly disappointed because I didn't expect that much. I expected him to be a traditional Democratic president. On foreign policy, that's hardly any different from a Republican--as nationalist, expansionist, imperial and warlike. So in that sense, there's no expectation and no disappointment. On domestic policy, traditionally Democratic presidents are more reformist, closer to the labor movement, more willing to pass legislation on behalf of ordinary people--and that's been true of Obama. But Democratic reforms have also been limited, cautious. Obama's no exception. On healthcare, for example, he starts out with a compromise, and when you start out with a compromise, you end with a compromise of a compromise, which is where we are now.

I thought that in the area of constitutional rights he would be better than he has been. That's the greatest disappointment, because Obama went to Harvard Law School and is presumably dedicated to constitutional rights. But he becomes president, and he's not making any significant step away from Bush policies. Sure, he keeps talking about closing Guantánamo, but he still treats the prisoners there as "suspected terrorists." They have not been tried and have not been found guilty. So when Obama proposes taking people out of Guantánamo and putting them into other prisons, he's not advancing the cause of constitutional rights very far. And then he's gone into court arguing for preventive detention, and he's continued the policy of sending suspects to countries where they very well may be tortured.

I think people are dazzled by Obama's rhetoric, and that people ought to begin to understand that Obama is going to be a mediocre president--which means, in our time, a dangerous president--unless there is some national movement to push him in a better direction.

1.27.2010

more prison art, no big deal

ok, so my prisoner friend made me a painting. unexpectedly. it's from this picture of me and alex from 5 years ago, yeah i had dreads, whatever, no biggie

here's the painting. wow. talk about flattery. he said he made most of the paint from combining left over paints and soot from color pencils or something weird and prison-like

nothing enhances a painting or picture better than cats. there's a real one, can you find him? if not you are a moron


richmond, va

i took a trip on the china town bus to visit my bff alex in richmond. here's some photos:

bye bye new york, or in this case - jersey city ...


saw pentagram the night i arrived. they were awesome. bobby liebling is still cool!


went thrift store shopping, which i LOVE to do. finding hidden gems for under $5 rules. these are not hidden gems, these are crazy. whoa.


someone probably got paid to design this window. wow. also, i love peacock feathers but making them into a wreath is stupid.


pretty pretty trees


this is ward, he owns chop suey which is a rad bookstore in richmond. here he is making bookshelves for his store


alex getting prepped for our evening out


there's a restaurant in richmond called mamma 'zu and it's pretty unique. it's really good traditional italian cuisine in a dive space. the decor is weird and kinda ugly, you can see the drop ceiling in the photo. and there's no menus, you just gotta try to read the blackboard, and depending on where you sit it could be really hard.


if you want a bottle of wine, just go and grab one from their shelf, that contains there cleaning products and stuff as well, no biggie.


the food was really yummy. definitely check it out, and also edo's, owned by the same people


this is where alex works, joe's inn. she's actually in the picture so you can kinda see what it'd be like to visit her while she's working


my friends' band municipal waste scored books of free coupons from taco bell for being a band. i was really hungry when i saw this but still turned it down.


this is alex's huge, old, and deaf pug Herman. he's a good dog/walrus.


at this weird junk store there was a creepy stuffed cat in a glass case, after peeping through the curtain i realize why they have it up and this sign on it. i was gonna take a picture of the cat but was so creeped out by it that i didn't want to remember what it looked like. it was like, trying to jump out and attack you.


we look like we didn't want this picture taken but we totally asked the bartender at ipanema to take it. "casually candid" is the look


alex having a realllly good time at a show


on the way home, traffic right before entering the lincoln tunnel. welcome back!

1.19.2010

i'm in richmond, virginia visiting my bff alexandra. richmond is a cool southern town. she lives in oregon hill which is really old and really cute.


we went and saw PENTAGRAM last night. fucking awesome! they are legendary and they rule.


more to come....

1.17.2010

still obsessed

for the love of fashion. alexander mcqueen goes beyond fashion - he presents you a whole new world. granted i'd probably never wear any of these designs, i'm still dying to try on a pair of those 10" lobster claw shoes. this is the most amazing runway production i've seen, beyond words. dying from the beginning to end. wish i was there to experience it in person!



good morning rainy sunday

1.14.2010

nightmares

jay reatard died today at the age of 29. so sad. he was an amazing musician who worked hard for years and years. one of his old bands, lost sounds, are one of my all time favorite bands ever. so good. the song "nightmares" is one of my favorites of his solo shit. i just saw him at a birthday party in nashville.... who would've known. rip.

1.12.2010

Chanel, Scorsese, and Williamsburg

I just read that Martin Scorsese just filmed a Chanel ad at one of my favorite restaurants in New York - Moto. Talk about an awesome combo...
If you haven't been - go. It's tiny, gorgeous, romantic, and delicious.
It's tucked under the JMZ train, has an old rusty bike hanging outside, no sign except for a little "moto" written on the door....




Excited to see the video....

1.11.2010

neat-o

here's some rad photos not taken by me but stolen by me off the internet

i'm not one for fights, but if it's in black and white and old school then that's cool

how cool are these guys? i wish i could pull suspenders off like this

gnarly

what a fucking cool kid

RAD

i don't think it's a donkey or mule or whatever, i think it's just a TINY HORSE!


looks like you got the case of the muuun-days

1.09.2010

i love BALMAIN

i love the latest spring/summer line from this french fashion label. you can buy me any one of these dresses, thanks.




1.08.2010

kelsey henderson

my beautiful bff kelsey is an amazing artist. her paintings are painstakingly perfect.



check her out at www.kelsey-henderson.com

1.07.2010

Everybody tells me I look straight convict

so i started this blog years ago and have never gotten around to really doing anything with it - until now! 2010 means being productive. and being productive means posting things that i find interesting or funny or cool and share it with the world.

i'd like to dedicate my first post of the year to my friend who is in prison. his name is jesse and he's been locked up for about 6 years and has about 3 more to go. i've known him since i was like 15 and we used to be so punk together. we would drink 40s and listen to the misfits and talk shit, like any normal teenagers. his mohawk would be so tall that he'd have to drive with the window down and part of his head sticking out since his hawk couldn't fit inside the hearse (yes, hearse) that he drove.

anyway, we've semi kept in touch over the years and he's sent me some priceless art. i wanna share with you the prison art he makes and has sent me. i can't continue to keep these stashed away in my closet any longer, they need to be shared with the world. i mean - this is some crazy shit!

for example:



and then there's these:




btw- he's locked up for attempted murderrrrr. and the title of this post is a direct quote from a letter he wrote me.