As you may have noticed if you follow this blog regularly, i'm very fond of buskers. Even when the music isn't especially good, they can smooth the edges of a rough day and put a little sway in your step. These guys, however, are brilliant. They are called Adrian and Mark Duet, and even though i didn't get a chance to record them, someone else had the forethought to make this short documentary about them. You can also like them on Facebook.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I'm cheating a little, reposting a picture from my other blog, How to Build a Substation. I usually try to avoid posting the same shot on both blogs, but i kind of love this one and know that the two blogs have different audiences, so why not?
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Alas, i have lost the ability to appreciate the pristine beauty of falling snow (especially when it is driven in nearly horizontal lines by gale-force winds). I look on this sparkling winter landscape and all i can think is that if spring doesn't get here soon i will need to be committed to a home for the terminally melancholy.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Jorge esta muerto.
I am sad to report the passing of my longtime companion Jorge el Curioso. I don't remember how or when we first met, but our relationship spanned two continents and many years. Unfortunately, Jorge suffered sadistic disfigurement of his eyes, mouth, and butt, before ultimately falling victim to monkey-cide at the teeth of a jealous dog. Adios, buen amigo! RIP.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
It is such a beautiful Sunday afternoon that i had to post this beach picture. I fear that my psyche is irreparably twisted as a result of having seen far too many movies, because the first thing that springs to my mind when i look at this lovely couple taking a romantic stroll on the beach is Cindy Williams and Frederic Forrest in The Conversation.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
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Thursday, February 21, 2013
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Monday, February 18, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
The Lincoln Park totem pole, taken from a speeding bus. I feel a great personal connection to this totem, carved by Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) artist Tony Hunt in 1986 to replace an earlier one that fell victim to neglect, weather, and vandalism. The Kwakwaka’wakw people were the subject and actors in In the Land of the Head-Hunters, the topic of my poor abandoned dissertation, and Tony Hunt is a descendant of George Hunt, who was instrumental in bringing a group of Kwakiutl people to the Columbian Exposition in 1893 and who also played an important role in the making of In the Land of the Head-Hunters.
Friday, February 15, 2013
I ventured to the other side of Devon Avenue today on a mission to get hot cross buns from the Swedish Bakery in Andersonville. As usual, my self-control did not accompany me through the door of that temple to temptation, and i left with a diet-busting array of baked goods.
Andersonville is a lovely neighborhood with so many beautiful houses, but this one on Berwyn Avenue is without equal.
This is another of my favorite spots in Andersonville: Gordono's Parmacy/J.B.'s Deli. The combination of a drugstore and Jewish deli sharing a small storefront is in itself pretty unique, but it's also one of the few places in Chicago that sells bagels worthy of the name. Oh yeah, and then there is this pressed-tin ceiling and these beautiful vintage light fixtures.
And finally, one of the greatest neon signs anywhere. I wonder if the handless clock with the missing 8-o'clock mark is a nod to the notion of immortality or just a symptom of disrepair.
*** UPDATE 02/16/13 ***
I just came across this story about the ornate house at 1430 W. Berwyn pictured above, with a link to pictures of the even more ornate interior. I've always been curious about the house, and this brief account of its history (complete with a multitude of scathing comments about the recently departed owner) does not disappoint.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Saturday, February 9, 2013
The sky is so clear and blue today that i had to go with a daytime shot.
I love the selectivity of photography. This snow-capped yew bush looks so beautiful and rustic here, like something you might see while cross-country skiing 100 miles from the nearest town. But in fact, it's outside of the sketchiest apartment building on the block, the place that i couldn't walk past for the past several days until the sun finally melted some of the ice and snow that nobody had bothered to clear off the sidewalk.