Friday, November 21, 2014

Greg Foley

I quite like these blurry color-field images created by artist and designer Greg Foley, as first brought to my attention by the fine site PICDIT.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Poem Series About the Spring of 2006 Proceeds

May 11, 2006
Went shopping with Papa last night after work

and then we met Bill for dinner at the Rex
where we had a really great Rosé
and so then this morning I got to wear
my brand new shawl-collared chunky white cable-knit cardigan
and feel like a million bucks coming down the street

image source is here

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Paul Rand's Thoughts on Design in the Wild

Because of the visual, keep-them-at-home-on-your-table nature of most of the books I edit for Chronicle Books, this very rarely happens to me: but the other day I was in a cafe and spotted a man engrossed in the reissue of Paul Rand's classic design manifesto Thoughts on Design that I worked on. A real live man! Out there in the wilds of the real live world! Reading one of my books! And so deep into it that he didn't even notice when I none-too-subtly snapped his photo. If there is a higher true apotheosis of the editorial endeavor, I don't know what it is. In case you'd like your own copy of this very fine volume to get lost in at your own coffee shop of choice, you can always buy one here or wherever nice books are sold.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Five Halloweens

Of course Mabel is already starting to think about what she wants to be next Halloween (an anchor! a leopard!) and in the course of these conversations we've been recalling what she has been for the five Halloweens of her life so far.  So I felt inspired to do a little round-up here:

2010, age 2.5 months: a tiny queen
2011, age 1: a winged sprite
2012, age 2: a cool cool robot
2013, age 3: a wizard
2014, age 4: a panda

The first two years we parents came up with the costume ideas, based largely on what we happened to have around the house. But from age 2 onwards it has been all Mabel's own concepts; we just help with the execution.

Monday, November 17, 2014

NYC Carriage Ride

One of my favorite moments of the past month was taking a horse carriage ride through Central Park with my Mama and my Monkey.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Laura Knight's Women

While looking online for something else entirely, I stumbled upon the work of British painter Laura Knight (1877 – 1970). I'd never heard of this person before, but am quite taken with her portraits--which are, as far as I can tell, nearly all of women.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Continuing Poem Series About the Spring of 2006 Continues Today on Poetry Thursday

May 10, 2006
I’d always known

that on the bottom
of our three nesting
mixing bowls
and four eating bowls
there is a logo of a sailboat
with the words
Yellow Ware

but what I’d never noticed
until this morning
doing the dishes
is that it also says
Over and Back
and what does that mean?
a mystery

image source is here