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 »

Rebecca Solnit Considers the Google Bus

Solnit on the poverty of wealth in San Francisco @ London Review of Books. The buses roll up to San Francisco’s bus stops in the morning and evening, but they are unmarked, or nearly so, and not for the public. They have no signs or have discreet acronyms on the front windshield, and because they… Read more »

André Aciman: Old New York

Aciman ponders an image of New York, then and now @ the Paris Review. The Sixth Avenue El train has just cleared the steep bend off Third Street. It is now picking up speed and will, any moment now, bolt uptown. Next stop, Eighth Street, then past Jefferson Market, Fourteenth Street, then all the way… Read more »

Teju Cole and Disappearing Shanghai

Cole reflects on the photographs of a changing city @ The New Inquiry. All photography is a record of a lost past. Photography does not share music’s ability to be fully remade each time it is presented, nor does it have film’s durational quality, in which the illusion of a present continuous tense is conjured…. Read more »

Taras Grescoe on Subterranean Gulag Baroque

Grescoe travels the paradoxes of history and art in the Moscow metro @ World Hum. I‘d come to Moscow not only to see the hell emerging on its streets but also to see the paradise beneath them—and because no straphanger’s round-the-world journey would be complete without a trip to the legendary Moscow underground. New York’s… Read more »