Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Dumpsters of NY

Somewhere between 1993-2000 while walking on NYC streets, if I saw intresting looking garbage dumpster, I took a picture. I ended up with collection of around 200 images of places and streets which looks very different now.
I'm rarely see good looking dumpster lately.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Knife in the Water

Roman Polanski's first feature film Knife in the Water (Noz w Wodzie) is perfect example how with the modest material resources and a good story talented director can create something wonderful. Just three actors, sailboat, lake, perfectly composed black & white cinematography and cool jazz soundtrack on the top forms timeless piece of art cinema. Story set in 1962 Poland, but same archetipical characters can be easily found in any Western society today. Probably even more now than then.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut 1922-2007

Last Sunday I was looking for something to read on my long train ride to Brighton Beach. For no reason picked Kurt Vonnegut's Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons. Last time I read his book, was may be 16 years ago. I went half through the book over the weekend, stopping at the part about Madame Blavatsky and her Theosophical Society. Kurt Vonnegut liked and respected spiritualism. Little I new that distinguished author cracked his coconut around the same time. Homeless soul must be drifting around New York City. I feel honored that it visited my place not long before leaving spaceship Earth.
So it goes.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Ballad of a Soldier

One of the best Russian films, true classic. Main character Aliosha personifies better side of Russian Soul: kindheartedness, selflessness and nobility. This is a story about universality of humanity during most horrible time - war. Story about youthful innocence and first love crushed by cruel twists of history.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Getaway car

American cars from 80's were big low quality clunkers, but still had more character and look than today's look alike blobs. Less and less them on the roads. I'm starting to miss these sofas on wheels. I remember, my friend and I hit cemetery wall with one like this. We stepped out of wreck like nothing happen.
Another piece of America(ana) gone.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Sawtooth Catalan bread

Food should look good in order to taste good. This sawtooth shaped Catalan bread from small bakery in Ascó village is perfect example. It has maximum crust, breaks and stuffs easy. Just perfect.