May 1, 2015


561 valencia, sf ca.
3208 cesar chavez, sf ca.

Apr 28, 2015

Apr 5, 2015

Mar 28, 2015

on the street

bolsover street, W1W.

Mar 27, 2015

Mar 23, 2015

the eclipse

clerkenwell road, EC1R 5BL.
163 bermondsey street, SE1 3UW.
12 little portland street, W1W 8BJ.
grosvenor square garden, W1.

Mar 10, 2015

signs of spring

stanhope street, london nw1.

Mar 4, 2015

monkfish and herring

moxon street, london W1U.

Feb 16, 2015

frames per second

papagaio by gusmão + paiva is worth seeing. (at the very nice camden arts centre until march 29. and while you're there, don't forget to look at ruth ewan's french republican calendar.)

Feb 15, 2015

Feb 13, 2015

a sense of the real

When I was making A Sudden Gust of Wind I knew I wanted to show how the air would carry the papers. Hokusai had already solved some of those problems ... He composed something that had a feel of the accidental. It was not accidental, but he knew how to make it look that way ... There is no guide, it's just a feeling, a sense of the real, how things really are or would be.
previously: katsushika hokusai reaches a marvellous stage.

Feb 11, 2015

international klein blue

5-11 mortimer street. (and previously.)

Feb 7, 2015

responsible for lemons

- that lemon—it's nice.
- it's good, isn't it?
- how often do you replace it?
- every week, in fact. it's an important detail.
- very nice.
- betty up there is responsible for the lemon. she terrorises the sainsburys staff.
- oh?
- it's difficult to find a lemon the same shape as the last one. but she always does.
kettle's yard
castle road, cambridge CB3 0AQ

Jan 25, 2015


jingumae 3-16.

Jan 21, 2015

truth in advertising

231 bain street, singapore.

Jan 13, 2015

Jan 11, 2015

past and future

"Back, then, to skill and beauty? No, forward to it."

Jan 8, 2015

a lump

hachiyamachō 9, tokyo.

Jan 3, 2015

the way around is through

sakuragaokachō 22-17, tokyo.

Dec 25, 2014


minami-aoyama 5-5-10, tokyo.

Dec 18, 2014

organic sound

big band in the air, at approximately 13 bell street, NW1 5BZ, followed soon after by diligently layered fiteer just a few doors down. adequate hydration was not a problem.

Dec 14, 2014

beneath the pavement lies the beach

commune, in goodhood; 151 curtain road.

"the longest party table in the world," priestmangoode; 150 great portland street.

birthday celebrations at mother's milk; 124 little portland street.

green serpentine and portland stone (perhaps), langham house; 32-33 gosfield street.

Dec 9, 2014

in the west

chepstow crescent, w11.

Dec 7, 2014

Nov 25, 2014


I find it very precarious for a culture only to be able to measure performance and never to be able to credit the questions themselves ... As the questions go up, the performance level goes down—and that's natural, since people don't yet know how to act on those questions, they're stumbling around in a fog—whereas when performance goes up the quality of the questions tends to go down.

Nov 24, 2014


the door at 77 wimpole street.

Nov 23, 2014

what to read and why

... it's good when your conscience receives big wounds, because that makes it more sensitive to every twinge. I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we're reading doesn't wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.

Nov 20, 2014

the benefits of pouncing

above—autumn: the pig slaughter; below—the numbering at bethlehem. pieter brueghel the younger, in "the bad shepherd," until 16 january 2015 at christie's on new bond street.

Nov 14, 2014

an incomplete list of nearly perfect meals

[november 2014]
new: several places in london, most recently 40 maltby street.

what is a nearly perfect meal? it is an idiosyncratic confluence of elements, the sum of parts. it has almost nothing to do with expense, other than that special dinners draw people together and place them in a suitable and shared frame of mind. this can be done anywhere, which is why this is not a list of restaurants but a list of meals. this can also be done for nearly any price, which is why some of these meals involve pancakes.

i now realise what everyone who opens an ambitious restaurant knows: it takes a tremendous amount of effort to reproduce reliably what sometimes unexpectedly and serendipitously materialises when people get together to cook or eat.

in most of these cases, the food was confident and made with care, the beverages appropriate (but often not exalted), the company incomparable. some of these places i've been to many times, some only once. in every case, the particular perfection of the meal has not been reproducible in other places and at other times. your mileage may vary.
10 greek street40 maltby streetotto'sst. john bread and winekandoo

shunsui; gesshinkyo; tsuru ni tachibana (with updates from our japanese correspondent)

las vegas

san francisco
kissquince; minakogreensfood inc (for their tuna niçoise sandwich on either a sunny day or a rainy one); pagolacchapeau!; firefly; jackson fillmore; pancake sunday 5.13.07

chez panisse; the cheeseboard

hungry mother; bondir; cooking with fire and clay; morning coffee at hirise

biryani park

palo alto
bay leaf cafe (yellow lentil sambar soup, on a wet day); homma's (outside on a warm summer night)

new york


the kitchen


new orleans
galatoire's, the parkway bakery



green pasture; fuli seafood

frederiks havekødbyens fiskebarnoma; ved stranden 10

fäviken magasinet

washington dc