While visiting the Nanjing Confucius Temple area a few months ago with some visitors, I happened cross an incredible object. It was a water fountain for sale in a tourist shop at a dramatic discount. I was immediately captivated by its motion and drawn in by its fascinating and unconventional details. My companions initially thought that I was joking when I stopped to watch the fountain, and then after I inquired about its price, they realized I was serious. Look […]
One of my earliest memories of life in China was fighting for tickets at railway stations and movie theaters where the idea of lines was a culturally alien one. Decades later while it is common to see folks in urban China line up for everything in a way that is familiar, some spaces are still being negotiated. As interfaces between the urban and rural, train stations remain just such a potential space. Urban China, however, has numerous examples of design […]
There is something that I have always liked about blogging. I like the feeling of having my own space on the Internet, my own URL and my own ability to format and post and share things. I like that blogging is public because it commits me to a measure of seriousness, but at the same time it is a style and format that lends itself to a certain informality. Screens always feel like they involve less commitment than the printed […]
This morning while cleaning my office I happened upon a menu that I collected over twenty-five years ago in the spring of 1990 while studying in Chengdu, Sichuan. I don’t remember what restaurant it is from, but the fact that the first page lists Green Leaves Beer (绿叶啤酒) and that page two lists “guo kui” (锅魁) is a dead giveaway that it was from that time. The menu is an interesting look back, not only at the kinds of foods […]
Yesterday afternoon, while driving on the outskirts of Siem Reap, we passed this hand-painted propaganda poster outside of a hospital. I’ve been too busy for much blogging lately, but do want to make more of an effort to keep posting interesting things–especially while I am here in Cambodia.
This is a quick snap from my iPhone of some Christmas Trees I found for sale in the square at Meknes, Morocco. If I had had more time I would have taken a few more, but this does capture the range of styles–green ones with fruit and mysterious black ones with trunks. The one in the foreground on the right even has a light dusting of snow. I have no idea who might be buying these or where they were […]