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  • Friday, 25 July 2014

  • An imitation of flowers. Photography, for me, is a meditative act. It helps me to focus and to forget the cares of the day - and the world, or the past. One of my favorite travel writers, Patrick Leigh Fermor, wrote once that he didn’t like taking photos on his travels because he missed everything that was beyond the camera. I used to write a lot more than I do today for that reason.

    But now, as I recover from a different kind of life, I find comfort in the containment a photo offers. A slice of vision - nothing more, nothing less - the peripheral doesn’t matter.

  • Monday, 21 July 2014

  • at home in provence

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    Everything about the countryside in the south of France feels like home.  All day long and all night you hear the sound of cicadas.  Life moves slower - and yet it feels ancient and modern all at once.  The newly planted vineyards that grow outside of a medieval town.  A Roman aqueduct with a motorcycle parked on top of it.  

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    I took the time to quiet my mind.  You can breathe here.  When you breathe you get the sense that, with every breath, you’re rebuilding your life.  It feels good, indeed.

  • Tuesday, 8 July 2014

  • I’m working on a white summer sweater. It’s so hot in the city now that I can’t think of wearing anything with sleeves, but I hope to get this done by the time I go to Provence.

    I’m desperately trying to find a good book before I go. Books are not as delicate for me as films or tv (I can’t watch violence of any kind), but I care about what I read even more. I need beautiful writing, and to identify with the characters more than be entertained. I’ve realized that for me, writing and reading is more of a validating act than anything else. How many characters I’ve impersonated and become over the years, characters that I’ve created for myself only — I write to give them a voice. No other reason. I’ve written hundreds of books in my mind. Started and finished them.

    Sometimes I don’t want to do the work, though. I want someone to read my mind and write the book for me.

  • Wednesday, 14 May 2014

  • Knitwear design at FIT. This is by Grace Cox. I love how the coat is both classic 50s shape and indigenous in the same moment. I imagine Jackie Kennedy wearing a drape like this, or it could be a traditional Peruvian or Native American design.

    The hat, of course, is simple - although without the pom I think the whole ensemble would be more elegant. This is what I love about knitwear design. Some of the best designs are the simplest, and the simplest to execute.