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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Meu Deus

Too much French shit on my page.
 I am missing Portuguese tiles...

Sacré bleu!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sorpresas floridas

Research begins.  The week ahead will be spent delving into the following sources of inspiration:

This bible again (bless you, Lemmy, for this introduction):

Michel Foucault's History of Sexuality:

 Oedipus Rex:


The world of Jacques Demy:


And last, but not least, Sigismund Schlomo Freud:

I Like Critical, Not Judgemental.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Dialogue 2.0 Queen of Wands



She notes: A true queen of wands must have more cats.


This is Dexter, the cross-eyed cat that guarded our old apartment, my old home with Alisa in Los Angeles, who still guards Alisa to this day.

Egyptian Limestone Cat Statues, found in temple dedicated to cat goddess Bastet. The temple was said to be built by Queen Berenike II, wife of Greek King Ptolemy III, who ruled Egypt from 246 to 221 B.C.

Alisa responds:

Friday, August 24, 2012

Dialogue 1.1 Fennel Flower



Dialogue 1.0 Ladies in the Blind

This seems like a nice follow up to the Madame Bovary phase.


Titled: Ladies in the Blind.
Alisa explains: Sketching while looking out the window... or in my case, looking deep into the computer screen. I'd definitely prefer the window. 


Photo of a poster by Harry Ettling I saw in the elevator this morning titled: Blinds

Collage of the view outside my office.

(Blinds courtesy of

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Introducing.... The A & A Dialogues!

Our communication is scant because of working schedules and the distance between the east and west coasts, nonetheless we love each other!  
Alisa is a great illustrator and I talk too much.  This multimedia dialogue is bound to open up our perception about the way we interact.
Taken back when drawing graphics on images was standard practice.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


"... when a certain novelist's latest book inspired a fashionable craze for succulent plants, Léon bought some for Madame and brought them back in the Hirondelle, holding them on his knees and pricking his fingers on their hard spines...."
(Flaubert, G. Madame Bovary)

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Detail of the above hanging succulent wall from

And another hanging succulent wall from

Monday, August 20, 2012

Una Casita De Flores

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Flaubert Report

I ran into my roommate upon exiting the subway, or rather she ran into me. I was nose deep into the introduction of Madame Bovary (I had just finished the book and had to go back to the beginning to read the intro I skipped so as to avoid the spoilers, which I suggest, similarly, you skip this post if you plan to read the book and care about having details revealed). I heard someone shout, "You weirdo! You walk and read at the same time!?" I also received a slap on my arm, but I didn't even look up! I finished my sentence, thumbed the page and looked back at her, "Wow! You look pretty today, where are you headed?!" "Downtown..." "This book is AMAZING." "Apparently! I gotta go...I'll borrow it once you're done." I replied, "Done deal!" Then resumed with the intro, which further illuminated me as to why I enjoyed the novel so much.

I kept telling everyone, It's just so realistic. The wheels and cogs of Emma's brain- as a sucker for psychological explanation, although nothing was really explained so much as described, it was my most intimate knowledge of a character I feel maybe... ever. It reminded me of Jonathan Franzen's Freedom in giving the most thorough account of a married couple's life, alongside the individual characters and their personal desires (not to mention the obvious sort of desperate housewife character). There must have been some Emma Bovary inspiration for Patty! If not consciously then by way of Flaubert's permeating influence and contribution to fictional literature?

I'm so grateful to have reread this book the way it deserves to be read, with the eagerness to understand the minds and motives of the characters, as well as a newly tenderized imagination, so as to place myself in an unfamiliar world that revealed itself as more and more familiar as the story unfolded. The irony and humor, dry and objective, only dawned on me afterwards, even though I couldn't help laughing from some of the dialogue. Being the son of a surgeon, there's something clinical about the way Flaubert goes into the relationship, dissecting the innards of a cadaver... Only this was more like an autopsy on a living person. Or something in between, a zombie! The medical motif is very present in the book as well since Monsieur Bovary is a doctor and there's some brief, but appropriate church vs. science jabs. His objective style, economic and at ease, is something I'm both drawn to and admire.  The most brilliant things, for me, are the simplest.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Madame Bovary

I am reading Madame Bovary once more. I read it in high school, but I read it the way I read almost everything else in high school: hastily, lazily and superficially. I picked up a brilliant translation by Lydia Davis, and couldn't be more swept away. The attention to detail, and vivid portraiture of Madame and Monsieur Bovary, is just the kind of sumptuous literary world I was craving. The book also has me a little obsessed with the idea of the whole life imitating art imitating life thing... How many times has this relationship repeated itself over the course of history? And is it as predictable and tragic as Emma's story. In tune, as always, Paris Review posted this Partial Inventory of Gustave Flaubert's Personal Effects.

Flaubert's finer things in life:

Sisqo's finer things in life:

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Global Warning

Here is an excerpt from an e-mail I received yesterday which set my whole "interconnectedness of our world" (or rather our inextricable dependency on each other) train of thought in motion:

August 8, 2012

How bad could it get? A recent study by MIT projects that without "rapid and massive action" to cut carbon pollution, the Earth's temperature could soar by nine degrees this century. "There are no analogies in human history for a temperature jump of that size in such a short time period," says Tony McMichael, an epidemiologist at Australian National University. The few times in human history when temperatures fell by seven degrees, he points out, the sudden shift likely triggered a bubonic plague in Europe, caused the abrupt collapse of the Moche civilization in Peru and reduced the entire human race to as few as 1,000 breeding pairs after a volcanic eruption blocked out the sun some 73,000 years ago. "We think that because we are a technologically sophisticated society, we are less vulnerable to these kinds of dramatic shifts in climate," McMichael says. "But in some ways, because of the interconnectedness of our world, we are more vulnerable."


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Home As Default

Next time you question the notion of "home" in adulthood, or catch yourself thinking it's an idea for children which disappears once you begin to see through the façade of "adulthood" and begin experiencing it, take time to consider the Internet.

"Where have you been, I've been looking all over for you... " now refers to iChat, Gmail, SMS & social networks vs... someone's house.

... Makes the home icon feel suddenly eerie...

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