Adelheid Fischer: Walking the Darkness Home

Fischer considers what nature offers in the face of grief @ Design Observer. On August 6, 1905, Louie Muir, wife of the great conservationist John Muir, died of complications due to cancer. They had been married 24 years. Muir was devastated. Among those who sent condolences was President Theodore Roosevelt, who, just a few years… Read more »

Sandie Friedman: Warhol’s Last Starlet

Friedman wonders about all the lives she could have lived @ The Nervous Breakdown. Edie Sedgwick was my idol. As a junior in high school, I read the biography Edie: An American Life by Jean Stein and George Plimpton, so I knew she grew up on a ranch, the troubled scion of a privileged family,… Read more »

Jon Chopan: The Cancelled Life

Chopan considers the fall of Kodak, and all that comes with it @ Fringe. “This city was meant to be photographed,” our tour guide tells us.  “A hundred years after the founding of Kodak and the rise of photography as an art and Rochester is still the center of the world for film.”  I expect,… Read more »

Moya Costello and Patricia Costello: I Don’t Remember

The writers reflect on a history of drinking @ Griffith Review This is a singular history of drinking – within one Costello family of Irish, French, Spanish and/or Italian ancestry, all of whom have associations with alcohol. But our first drink every day was warm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice. It was our father… Read more »

Gary Indiana: Memory is Never Anybody’s Friend

Gary Indiana on our idea of Cuba @ the London Review of Books. Events of a distant nature have an abstract, even occult quality in Cuba, as of things glimpsed through a scrim of fog. Last June, Granma, the country’s only newspaper, reported the death of Whitney Houston four months after the fact, like a… Read more »