In any case, until fairly recently, the Bowery always possessed the greatest number of groggeries, flophouses, clip joints, brothels, fire sales, rigged auctions, pawnbrokers, dime museums, shooting galleries, dime-a-dance establishments, fortune-telling salons, lottery agencies, thieves’ markets, and tattoo parlors, as well as theaters of the second, third, fifth and tenth rank. It is also a fact that the Bowery is the only major thoroughfare in New York never to have had a single church built on it.
Luc Sante, Low Life
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Broken street lights in New Orleans, 2007.
USC curatorial show at the MAK center.
Quote taken from Saul Bellow’s Seize the Day.
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The most important step in emancipating oneself from social controls is the ability to find rewards in the events of each moment. If a person learns to enjoy and find meaning in the ongoing stream of experience, in the process of living itself, the burden of social controls automatically falls from one’s shoulders. Power returns to the person when rewards are no longer relegated to outside forces. It is no longer necessary to struggle for goals that always seem to recede into the future, to end each boring day with the hope that tomorrow, perhaps, something good will happen. Instead of forever straining for the tantalizing prize dangled just out of reach, one begins to harvest the genuine rewards of living.
From Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. I’ve got mixed feelings about this book (it makes some fairly spurious arguments about the misery of the world), but this makes sense. Pictured is my louvers, yard ironwork and the long grass before the mower made its way.
This might be my greatest flea market found photo ever. From the PCC this March. So much nineties!
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The text and layout of an important gas station sign in Alabama. 2007.
collage from a restaurant postcard.
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The most exciting two minutes in sports.