• We did another city walk this week- The location was the East Village. I love the East Village. I am often in the East Village. The problem with this is that I’ve already seen the majority of things included in this walk, and I know many of the historic facts about this neighborhood. That being said, it was a beautiful sunny day to walk the neighborhood with Betty, and remind myself of the musical associations of this neighborhood…
  • Yellow Rose bills itself as a Texas Restaurant. I can’t validate the authenticity, but I had a delicious Migos Taco and the best buttermilk glazed donut.
  • I was in a Broadway Theater this week! First Time since March the year that shall not be named…Ten minutes after I took a picture of the stage, the great John Lithgow came out and read poems from his new book. And a few hours from now, I will be seeing my first Broadway performance since March 2020…
  • The new exhibit at the Met is Surrealism Beyond Borders. After viewing this exhibit, I have decided that I don’t really care for surrealism. I thought it was funny that the pieces that I was drawn to were, for the most part, works of famous artists. The other thing that intrigued me about the exhibit was how many verbal descriptions lined the walls. It made me wonder if you need to give a lot of background to a work, is it really that good? I can’t help but think of the writing maxim- show don’t tell. I’m going to overthink this a bit and probably blog about it in the future.
  • We are about to begin a burger list- we started at Happiest Hour, which is really a bar with wonderful cocktails, a charming and wonderful bouncer, and a pretty awesome cheeseburger. I got the single, but they also have a double. Imagine a Big Mac but oh so much tastier. The tater tots were pretty good too!
  • Bill Cunningham was an iconic photographer for the NY Times (I don’t really read the Times for the news- I read it for culture and style) He used to ride around and snap pictures of things that caught his eye- mainly stylish people. My fashionista friends used to worry that the day they were in sweats and a pony tail would be the day that they saw Bill cycle by…He had been one of my favorite parts of NYT. However, this poor excuse for an exhibit does not do the memory of Bill Cunningham any good- its awful…
  • To get the awful taste of the awful exhibit out of my palate, I needed to go to Funny Face Bakery- OK- I didn’t get a cookie but I did enjoy looking at the beautiful creations
  • The Wavertree is offering free tours- it was a cargo ship used in the late 1800’s. Fun to see, and did I say free?
  • Cheeseburger Hash Browns are a thing- and they’re delicious…
  • The Rescue is a documentary about the rescue mission of the Thai soccer team caught in a cave- just such an amazing story

35 thoughts on “What Inspired Me: October 10

    1. It’s funny that you said that because I have a post in the pipeline about how I choose to show New York, versus what I could show/feel. I did them twofold…first off, seeing my environment might give backstory to how I see things…secondly, I like giving a little salute to the places I love, like the Met and the botanic gardens.

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  1. I think you see New York as a tourist might also with your walks. Day to Day quips about living in Manhattan are very interesting but then so are the tourist walks. Some Manhattanites might not have the monies or means to do some many touristy things but if you can, that is wonderful. I imagine daily life has its struggles, as with everywhere nowadays.

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    1. There’s two choices…focus on the bad or focus on the good. If you focus on the good, it doesn’t mean you don’t see the bad. And yes…sometimes it’s ok to focus on the bad

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      1. Yes, and if you have the monies and the time, enjoy what you can by getting out and walks are free in the city and so interesting!! Totally agree, although sometimes your food for thought gives us clues into other parts of the country which is helpful.

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  2. Yay Broadway!

    I’m a little jealous that you got to see that surrealism exhibit. I find Magritte’s work so interesting– moreso than Dali’s. I think it was because Dali went so far out of his way to be weird, and Magritte was just this banker who painted a bunch of weird things.

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    1. Yeah…that’s a good point, and part of my problem with much of what I saw at the exhibit…too much trying to be sooo different (this is also my issue with much contemporary art) though Persistence of Memory is on my list of favorite paintings…

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      1. I do like Persistence of Memory… Did they have de Chirico’s Mystery and Melancholy of a Street?

        I’m not a big fan of contemporary fine art, either. So much of it is, like you said, going out of its way to be different and wild. I could go for some basic melodramatic stuff like the pre-Raphaelites did.

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      2. You know…I hate to say this but I don’t remember (and I saw the exhibit on Thursday) there were so many descriptions that I don’t know if I paid enough attention to the art, except for the things I posted which really caught my eye. I think the exhibit will be available online this week though. I went to a member preview, but I think it officially opens tomorrow

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  3. I enjoy reading your museum and art filled days or explorations, they are very inspiring. How lucky to have the experience of John Lithgow reading his poems, and from his new book on top of that. That’s really just wonderful.

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    1. John lithgow is amazing in person. I’ve seen him in a few plays, and when my daughter was little we were lucky enough to see him narrate Peter and the a wolf. I need art in my life because it brings me a sense of calm and peace

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  4. Well, as always, beautiful artwork, stunning food, and lovely pics of the city. The donut looks silly good, the funny face place looks hilarious, and, of course, you had cheeseburger hash browns. Wow! A lovely week, LA. 💙

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  5. Loved the meander. Surrealism is so all over the map. I admire some of it for the skill but I would never want it on my wall. Buttermilk donut, cheeseburger – love food. On the 8th I had a wonderful fried fish burger on a lake patio. Sunny and warm on that patio and I love it when trying out a new restaurant it exceeds my expectations. I always enjoy my visits with you.

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  6. Art is in the eye of the beholder. For me, if I’ve seen one Chihuly I’ve seen them all. I know many other people who can’t get enough, though.

    Now photography may or may not be quite as personal but, as you described the reading vs. the seeing part of enjoyment of the surrealistic art, I find that sometimes having the same contextual info may help me appreciate, or at least better understand the picture and what the photographer wanted to capture.

    I did a presentation comparing some famous photographers and styles which is how I came by this understanding. One of them was one I have or at least had a personal connection to – Ed Westcott. He was the official photographer for the WWII Manhattan Project and stayed on in that industrial area after the war. I admired him from afar when I lived in Oak Ridge, which is where he passed a couple of years ago.

    Ed’s most famous photo was probably one he took of the people who lived in the town at the time gathering in one of the town squares and holding up newspapers headlining the end of the war based on the use of some of the stuff they’d been working on, though they didn’t know it till later. That scene was recreated on the 75th anniversary of the event, and Ed once again snapped a great photo from nearly the same spot as the first one.

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