Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Today the campus library had its annual book giveaway. While I will have more on that later, there was one thing that I found lost in the stacks of free books that just blew me away.
            It was find an old edition of Mark Twain’s “The Innocents Abroad.”  It’s a beautiful edition, published while Twain was still alive, 1905, by Harper & Brothers. But that isn't even the amazing part.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Day at the Met, Part II

 After about three hours with Madame X last Sunday, I decided to wander around the Met a little...

Andromeda and the Sea Monster, 1694

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

For The Union Dead

Words from Robert Lowell,
Photos from Green-wood, Brooklyn...

Relinquunt Omnia Servare Rem Publicam.
On a thousand small town New England greens
the old white churches hold their air
of sparse, sincere rebellion; frayed flags
quilt the graveyards of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Some Photos From Florida, Part 1

Finally got around to sorting out my pictures from Florida. Here are a few...
 Two alligators, reflected in water

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Snow Day at Sarah Lawrence College

Called in to work when the rest of the college is closed, I decided to bring my camera along...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

In Honor of the Impending Apocalypse...

In preparation for the coming Apocalypse, I dug up these photos from last year's blizzard.The Exif data says they were taken on February 11, 2010. This is Saint Mary's Cemetery in Yonkers. I knew the photos I took last Friday in the same cemetery were lacking, and after seeing these, I know why. 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow Day at St. Mary's Cemetery

After getting out early on Friday because of the snow, I spent a perilous hour driving around both the Bronx and Yonkers for a cemetery. Woodlawn in the Bronx had closed their gates, as had Oakland in Yonkers. Having taken photos of St. Mary's in last year's blizzard, I was pessimistic I would capture anything good. I got one, and all I had to do to get it was stand in freezing water. If you look closely, you might even see a grave...

Sunday, January 2, 2011


Instead of a New Year's resolution, I decided to come up with a list of graves I want to visit in 2011.While the list is invariably dominated by writers, I wanted to cover a wide spectrum of artists, including musicians, television personalities, and theatrical performers (lacking a better term for Spalding Gray). There are no American Presidents on the list (that's a whole other project), but rest assured, there will be much dead president hunting in 2011.