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April 23, 2009

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After watching the Denny’s Nanerpuss commercial no less than 100 times, I had to make one. It is seen here protecting Easter eggs.

Time Capsule

April 20, 2009

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A year ago I took this photo in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I ended up there as part of a fieldtrip with my P.O.V. writing class with James McBride. I’m fairly certain I don’t know what mystic truths I have to reveal, but I still love neon.

Gypsies in the Czech Republic

December 26, 2007

Katerina* lives in a two bedroom apartment with her three-week-old daughter, her sister, and her parents. Her mother has cancer. The outside of the apartment building is strewn with waste and there is no grass, but rather mud, for the many small children in the community to play on. The stove in the kitchen provides the home’s only heat. The kitchen opens up to the bedroom in the back where the family sleeps. The room has only one bed and a couple chairs upholstered with a leopard print material. They pay 3000 crowns ($150) a month to live here.

“My dream is to live alone,” she said.

When her baby started to cry she clutched her to her breast and told us that she was three weeks premature. She was tiny, but her mother looked so happy to hold her.

Katerina’s daughter was born in the hospital where many Roma women have been involuntarily sterilized over the past 15 years or so. At least 70 Roma women in the Czech Republic have publicly accused state-run hospitals, like this one, for pressuring them to sign consent forms immediately before giving birth with little to no information. Read more…

Traumatized by Techno

December 19, 2007

Photo from Flickr.com (not by me)

As soon as I left the convention center into the brisk morning air I vowed I was only going to listen to acoustic folk music for the next month straight. When my friends and I bought tickets to the I Love Techno music festival in Ghent, Belgium that happened on November 10, 2007 we had no idea that we had just committed ourselves to attending one of Europe’s largest raves where we would have to stay awake for over 36 hours.

The following is an account of one of the longest days of my life: Read more…

Jan Zrzavy’s Valley of Sorrow

December 19, 2007

At Prague’s National Gallery the rooms of paintings and sculptures stretch on and on. Each time you turn a corner you find another massive room of art that was not expected.

While wandering through the Czech symbolist, expressionist and cubist wing in this museum I thought we had reached the end of the Czech artists of these movements yet there was more to see. This room featured the paintings of Czech artist Jan Zrzavy. I was compelled by the odd nature of his paintings. Each one I could tell was painted by the same artist because similar shapes were used and each had a very dark or creepy aura to them, but there was a change in the colors from earlier works to later works from what I could see.

The one painting that drew me in the most was called The Valley of Sorrow in which a lone woman stands in the foreground of a landscape of a mountain range. While the subject matter is simple the shapes and colors that the landscape and the woman are painted emit an early avant-garde feeling. Read more…

Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial

December 19, 2007

Photo by Joe Puglisi

After wandering around Berlin all day my three travel partners and I were mentally and physically exhausted. Our bus from Prague left at midnight and dropped us off on the outer periphery of West Berlin at 5 am at the beginning of a cold November day. Read more…

Prague Monitor runs Prague Wanderer article

December 13, 2007

Prague through kaleidescope eyes (Lennon Wall article)
My picture is there with my byline.

This is cool because we just went there today to tag it. I’ll put those pictures up soon, but probably when I’m back in California in 24 hours or so.