Sunday, August 23, 2009

Hypnotic idolatry

The full brunt of Stalin's insanity and its unfathomably horrific consequences comes home in Robert Cousin's second sentence of "The Harvest of Sorrow:Soviet Collectivization and the Terror Famine." as noted in Martin Amis' "Koba the Dread":
" the actions here recorded about twenty human lives were lost for, not every word, but every letter, in this book."
That sentence represents 1,840 lives. The book is 411 pages long.
Twenty five million died, driven to starvation by orchestrated famines, sent to the frozen north to die, or tortured and shot, often by quota, at Stalin's whim.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Swiss Air

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ukraine's Got Talent

Here's the winner: a sand artist, but WHAT a sand artist:

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Arnold Newman's masterfully proportioned portrait of Igor Stravinsky. The subject and focus is about 3% 0f the photograph's area.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

North East South West

Michael Heizer's extraordinary sculpture at the DIA

Oh, come on, just sell

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Chernobyl playground