Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Prisoner.

The Prisoner The Prisoner

Yesterday actor Patrick McGoohan died. He played Number Six on The Prisoner, an amazing 1960's fantasy spy show set on a beautiful fictional island where everyone wears stripes and pretty hats and pretends that everything is just marvelous even though it's really not. In every episode, the solitary Number Six makes a daring escape attempt, but he never succeeds. I'm not really a tv person but this show is one of my favorite things in the world. Some of my favorite memories from The Brooklyn Years are the nights we all gathered around the projector to watch The Prisoner episodes together.
The Village The Village

Someday I will go visit Portmeirion, Wales, where the show was filmed. I'm also a big fan of The Prisoner's typeface, though I don't know what it's called.

The Village
AMC has recently posted all of The Prisoner episodes on their website to watch for free!!! and you can also check out The Prisoner fan club.

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

summer fun!


Andrew came to town in December! we spent the weekdays exploring Buenos Aires and making fun stuff at the studio, and we squeezed in two little out-of-town trips on the weekends. First weekend, we packed up our tent and bathing suits and headed out to Tigre bright and early on Saturday morning. I love packing for camping, I always forget something important but I love the process, making a little list and packing it all neatly in bags.

Here was our camping list:
sleeping bags
bathing suits
towels (we ended up only bringing one tiny hand-towel to share between the three of us. oops)
deck of cards
flask of whiskey
books to read (Eliza: A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin; Andrew: Dwelling Portably, 1980-1989; Mike: Blood Meridian
chocolate bar
tin foil
sweet potatoes
dried pasta
peanut butter
sharp knife
plastic bowls and cups
bug spray

boat ride swimsuit tree
campfire tent and sun

We took the commuter train up to Tigre and caught a ferry out of Tigre, up the river about an hour into the leafy delta, and got off at an island with a humble little boy-scout-camp type place called IMOS. I believe it's a municipal campground. As soon as we got our tent up, we put on our swimsuits and jumped in the river!!!!! Sweet sweet cool summer river water. Splashing and paddling and somersaults ensued, followed by lazing in the sunshine and beer and card games in the shade. We found sticks and Andrew made a magnificent campfire, I jumped in the river one more time, and we feasted on smoky roasted potatoes and onions and pasta. Went up to the camp building and played a round of pool. Fell asleep to the sound of mosquitoes and cumbia dancing. In the morning it was rainy, we stayed pretty dry in our tent but we didn't stick around to frolic in the river as I had hoped. To get home, you have to go sit at the end of the dock and wait for a ferry-boat to go past, and wave it down. There didn't seem to be any schedule, we just had to go sit out there for what turned out to be a few hours before catching the boat back home.

The following weekend, we took a 1 am bus out of the city, headed for Mar Azul, a tiny little town on the Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires. We fell asleep and woke up in the small beach city of Villa Gessell at 7 am. Caught a local bus and rode down a dirt road through a string of little beach towns, Mar de las Pampas, Las Gaviotas, and Mar Azul. Last year we'd spent christmas in the same area, in Mar de las Pampas, but we headed for Mar Azul this time because it seemed like a tinier, quieter, more relaxed spot. We had backpacks and sleeping bags but no tent and no idea where we'd be sleeping at night. We took a walk around the campground, then wandered down the main drag checking out the jumble of beach houses. We caught sight of the cutest little tiny A-frame cabins near the beach and we were in luck, the owners happened to be right there and were happy to rent us a cabin for the weekend.
cabaƱa mar azul

So, we spent christmas sitting on the sand, jumping in the waves, strolling down the beach, dutifully applying and re-applying sunscreen.
andrew jump
eliza bus stop mike beach

This year there were more people on the beach, but it was still far from crowded. The sun was hot and the water was suprisingly warm. There was a strong wind and lots of big big waves and a strong current. And moments of total summer fun and contentment, sitting on the beach and playing in the waves with two of my favorite people in the world. On the last day, we saw two or three orca playing in the waves just a hundred yards out from the beach! We could see their black and white markings as they jumped in and out of the waves.
I really wish we could get back to Mar Azul (or any kind of summer swimming spot) again this summer but it's pretty hard to get around with two dogs and no car...

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

sneak peek!

more nice publicity for Morris & Essex...

On Monday Design*Sponge ran a little set of photos of our house. It's part of a weekly series called Sneak Peeks where they show photos of different artists' and designers' homes and spaces. I'm a regular reader of Design*Sponge, it always perks me up to look through Grace's daily picks of interesting and inspiring designs. So I was really honored to be asked to send in pictures of my home!!
It's also exciting because I really totally love this apartment, I feel so much at-home here, it's like a physical manifestation of my colorful, convoluted, cluttered and drafty mental space, I still feel really lucky we found this place!... so I am psyched to be able to show off our fabulous apartment to the world... But most of the interiors they feature are so very clean and tidy and smooth and look like they belong on glossy magazine pages... so I was a little apprehensive about whether our, uh, rustic apartment would fit into the series.
To do the photo shoot, I decided I could really use professional photography help and our friend Stephen put me in contact with his friend Caitlin, who turned out to be very nice and absolutely professional and talented. I made some cute new curtains for the kitchen, bought lots of flowers, Mike and I cleaned the heck out of the apartment. At the last minute, frustrated by a few unsightly objects and stacks of clutter that I couldn't find homes for, I did hide piles of junk into the oven and the bathtub.
In all, it was a ton of fun doing the photo shoot and the pictures came out looking beautiful. Caitlin has a great eye and knows what she's doing.
In truth, the apartment was furnished when we moved in so we aren't really responsible for most of the design decisions here. The only thing that's ours is the art on the walls. It's a little weird reading all the nice comments directed towards me, since most of the credit should go to Adrian and Laura, our landlords who furnished the place with all these fun colorful flea-market odds and ends.

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