23 March 2010

Sven Birkerts, “Walter Benjamin, Flâneur: A Flanerie”



“Benjamin’s flâneur is a response to a world in which sense is disjected, scattered, crystallized in detail. The flâneur is the collector and connoisseur of detail. He is a sensibility as opposed to an intelligence. His highest aspiration is to become a medium, a precipitate in which the scattered particles of sense can reconstitute themselves. The original whole… has been shattered, by time, by history, by the hubris of progress; the flâneur, by drawing together bits and pieces from the rubble, can discover its echo. The flâneur is, thus, dedicated to the surveying of space, for it is only in space, in the network of layered particulars, that the successive images of time are concretized. Space exists to take the print of time.”

Sven Birkerts, “Walter Benjamin, Flâneur: A Flanerie”

Image: An Untrained Eye[CC]

I try never to comment on Benjamin.
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This Came In The Mail

RPPC of beautiful hillbillies and a Condi Rice Ballerina
Woo-Hoo! Thanks Chris!
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22 March 2010

1950s Found Kodachrome Stereo Slide [Animated]

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1950s Found Kodachrome Stereo Slide
Photographer Unknown
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21 March 2010


, originally uploaded by Eric Rose ..

Eric Rose, you are The Bomb

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The Sunshine Award And A Few Of My Favorite Things

On St. Patrick's Day, I was the fortunate recipient of The Sunshine Award, bestowed by our friend Chris, over at The [Awseome] Daily Postcard. Thank you Chris!

Now, I'll be gracious and not detail for you all of my "Sunshiney" traits as a blog author... Regular visitors and friends will giggle heartily when trying to visualize me, (or this blog), as being a Ray Of Sunshine at any hour of the day.

It's sort-of a tagging exercise to spread the good word about blogs you love, though I do not want to burden anyone with the task of having to spread the joy if they don't care to, or if they don't have time, which is often the case for many of us.

So, here are a few of my favorite places to be edified, and enjoy the scenery:

  • On The Border Land A lovely mix of many things literary and visual- From an ex-pat living living Okinawa.

  • Dull Tool Dim Bulb: The daily blog of collector, author, artist and Pop Culture Iconoclast Jim Linderman. Go forth and be enriched.

  • Bijou Living: Great blog from my friend Stacy- Designer, collector, advisor and multi-talented arbiter of all things STYLE.

  • Ellis Nadler's Sketchbook Londoner, Artist and Illustrator Ellis Nadler's daily sketchbook. Great. Also a great place to go if you're having a bad day and need a smile or chuckle.

  • Brett Walker: The Flickr account of London artist, photographer and an all-around genius. Go deep.

  • XeniaLiz: Another awesome Flickr account from my friend Amy. Photographer, artist, educator and more.

    So there are a FEW. But there are so many more.

    Thanks, Chris!
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    16 March 2010

    1950s Kodachrome Stereo Slide

    1950s Kodachrome Stereo Slide
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    1950s Kodachrome Stereo Slide-Just Married

    Found Kodachrome Stereo Slides, 1958-1960

    [Note: These have a great deal of mold and soil, that is going to have to wait until I have the appropriate dope to restore them with.]
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    02 March 2010

    The end of an era. [Janice] 1960s Vintage Kodachrome Slides

    11.09ND.010  The end of an era.

    Okay, it's hard to believe that we've come to the end of Janice's adolescence.

    I'm wondering now if Janice or Janice's mom had an evil streak- Convincing Bob to go to the dance/party in a cheerleader's skirt. The joy of it is that we will never know. To be fair to the ladies, maybe it was Bob's

    More Janice in her next life in about a week.The record sort-of falls apart from here, but there is some good stuff to share. No more top of the line Kodachrome and artsy composition. :( I'll probably post a couple of teasers to keep you from giving-up.

    This group of slides were taken between about 1957 and 1963. Janice turned 17 in 1959.

    Janice was Vicky's older sister, and of course, with most first-born children, they get most of the pub.

    Janice's artsy mom photographer that took those awesome pictures of Vicky, and the other cool pictures in the Long Beach Set, documented Janice's adolescence and subsequent marriage.
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