Just some notes from a quick trip to New York City and back.
You can't beat $26 round trip to NYC, especially not when friends are kind
enough to put you up for the night.
Well, you can beat the $26, but your bus might catch on fire.
It was a quick trip, as in, it would not have filled a full episode of 24.
Nearly half of the trip was the bus ride, if you combine the ride there
with the ride back. On the way there I mostly slept, because the Greyhound
buses are so cramped that I can't get any work done, not even with my
itsy-bitsy laptop. I can read and scroll, but typing, which is my preferred
activity on the computer, is pretty impossible.
I did start Tyler Doherty's book of poems, Bodhidharma Never
Came to Hatboro & Other Poems. I could read it on the Greyhound
because it's a real little book. And a real good one. So good that on the bus
on the way back, which was of the more spacious Peter Pan variety, I chose to
read it some more even though there was enough room to support other
activities. It was hard to read because they were playing an annoying movie,
but I persevered.
I also worked for a while on an essay about concentration, which is a topic I
just realized I am very interested in---maybe I'll stick a draft up here
tomorrow. It all started as a response to a post on 43folders, but seems like
it might grow into something more.
Took a stroll through the Guggenheim this morning. First time there. Nice
work by people I really like---Picasso, Kandinksy, Klee.. There was a large
installation by Daniel
Buren (also here), which I was
not especially fond of.
Large installation means the whole museum, basically. There were some walls
of mirrors stretching from the first floor lobby all the way to the ceiling,
which is quite a ways. That was kind of neat, but all of the required
scaffolding meant that the area behind all of the mirrors is very dark. That
struck me as an unintended and unfortunate effect, but maybe I'm wrong. It felt
like a poor use of the space to have such an arrangement of mirrors, with a
very linear shape, in a space that is quite proud of its roundness. Other than
the mirrors, there were a lot of solid color vertical stripes in various places
in the building. Both on canvas and actually on the building. I did like the
arrangements of the canvases, but did not get much out of the stripes that were
attached to the building itself, probably because they were all the same color
and did not add any spatial interest, being attached to the rails. The third
part of the installation---I was looking at this as all one piece, which I
think is reasonable---was colored material at the ends of some of the wings,
over the windows. The colors were bright and formed in interesting shapes, and
gave the place a nice tint in those areas.
One note about the Guggenheim. They have bathrooms in the strangest
places. Like, in the middle of the art. You walk around a "corner" (that's a
curve in this place) and boom, there's the line for the bathroom---and the