…the roughly hewn stonework often used on the lower floors of palazzi as an expression of fortification and solidity – which I recall studying in college classes on Florentine Renaissance architecture – is something I have a new love for today (as I find myself back in Firenze, the city I lived just outside of ..
…artist A.A. Bronson and Sicily-based fashion writer Angelo Flaccavento, plus beardless Roman artist Paolo W. Tamburella, came over for a cozy home-cooked meal of barley lentil vegetable minestrone this afternoon on the occasion of A.A.’s last minute visit from Paris for last night’s AltaRoma event organized ..
…are the unique pleasures of this city which you can traverse from one side to the other within the sheltering vaults and alongside the rhythm of the columns which are constantly changing style from one arcade to the next – and how super that the most superlative architectural space of city is comprised of almost ..
…in Bologna – where we have come on a two and a half hour speedy train ride north through the mountains from Rome for a night to attend a few events in the freezing cold and even snowflakes – seemed to be a highlight for many fair-goers based on the reactions of some of those ..
…viewed from my East facing studio window is something I anticipate every morning during the approximate two and a half hours from the time I am rising at around 5:00 and the time that the lazy late Roman sun starts getting up – during which I might have completed coffee infusion by 5:20, news surfing ..
…or nettles, are to be found all over the streets of Rome, coming up from any unattended space between stones, they sting (a fact I am sure every Roman child learns early on with a warning from a parent – since it is the first thing that all of my Italian friends say about them: ..
…comes out today – with an introduction to selected highlights of the Roman days from this Wikidiary describing my desire for a ‘crisi di mezz’età’ while living in Italy this year – in the magazine that is more than a magazine (co-founded & co-produced by genial childhood friends Francesco, Lorenzo, Luca, and Valerio – endlessly ..
…were the impromptu focus of the day as I discovered the great abundance of gorgeous moss (the most exotic sort of vegetation to the eyes of an eleven year Angeleno), in all shades of green, growing all over everything during my daily exploratory walk to see what’s up in the back garden and upon returning ..
…greeted me as I was passing through Michelangelo‘s Piazza del Campidoglio this morning – Castor and Pollux, or Dioskouroi, twin cavalieri son..
…is one of the best Italian street fashions around these days (since much of what we see the Romans wearing is so conservative, subtle, elegant, restrained, and even conformist – except when they are out jogging and exercising in one of the many treasured private-villa-estates-turned-public-parks, like Villa Doria Pamphilj or Villa Borghese, in which case ..
…or Vicia faba, are keeping my rooftop garden spring-like in the middle of a Roman winter – and since I have never grown them before, it is all new to me – like the fact that they are often used as a cover crop, excel at fixing nitrogen in the soil, grow to become 2-6 ..
…will present the series of ink on paper portraits he has been working on for the past four months while in residence at the American Academy in Rome (my neighbor down the hall on the top floor) of various members of the A.A.R. community – displayed in a grid of frames in the bar along ..
…in Monti (my new favorite neighborhood of Rome – with the most personal little clothing stores in town – which I was seeking out today since it seems that I have been wearing a weeks worth of clothes for the past five months – including Super, where I purchased my first pair of corduroys in ..
…and plants hanging out of a pair of oval portals that I stumbled upon during an all-afternoon bike-ride were the highlights of a day that ended with a weird sort of existential-crisisy sort of foggy feeling about what I’m doing, where I’m headed, and what it’s all ab..
…feels like coming home now (with Alitalia yesterday afternoon) – approaching from the north over fields and farms of Lazio is especially welcoming – making me want to play out my fantasies of a future urban/rural-commune/village-life next door to th..
…or Galata Bridge, spanning Istanbul’s Golden Horn, is a popular activity and everyday you will find both ends of the bridge full of fishermen shoulder to shoulder with lines down to ..
…the medieval tower dating from 1348 located in the center of the Galata district provides a dramatic overview of the city on my last night – but looking forward to coming back very soon to start work on a new rooftop hothouse proj..
…are an integral part of the urban streetscape dating back to Byzantium when street dogs served the sanitation service of street garbage disposal; with the dog population exploding in 1908, 40,000 were shipped to Island of Oxia to fend for themselves where few survived; later in 1937 it was reported in Time Magazine that 20,000 ..
…for a first visit about a new project, after waking up in Rotterdam, lunch meeting in Den Haag, flying out of Amsterdam, stopping over in Rome for a few hours…and now..
…in Rotterdam is mostly closed for renovations (at least their bookstore is still open in the form of a trailer out front) with the vast reflecting pool now a muddy construction site, but an attractive duck couple seemed to be making the most of it this afternoon, looking very much at home – or maybe ..