Jan 25, 2015

spring


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

omote-sando


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

questions

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

sandcast




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.
london
10 greek street40 maltby streetotto'sst. john bread and winekandoo

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

las vegas
chada

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

berkeley
chez panisse; the cheeseboard

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

malden
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
shopsin's

lenox
nudel

boulder
the kitchen

marfa
cochineal

new orleans
galatoire's, the parkway bakery

osaka
hon-kogetsu

kyoto
mo-an

singapore
green pasture; fuli seafood

copenhagen
frederiks havekødbyens fiskebarnoma; ved stranden 10

järpen
fäviken magasinet

washington dc
minibar

Nov 13, 2014

aesthetic value

Theorists are apt to vex themselves with vain efforts to remove uncertainty just where it has a high aesthetic value.

Oct 26, 2014

groups and individuals

The concept of intelligence is ambiguous when action and learning occur simultaneously at several nested levels of a system ... [s]ince experimentation often benefits those who copy successes more than it does the experimenting organization, managerial illusions of control, risk taking, and playful experimentation may be more intelligent from the point of view of a community of organizations than from the point of view of organizations that experiment.
barbara levitt and james march, "organizational learning" p335.

Oct 24, 2014

a morandi in the living room


among the several highlights of frieze masters was helly nahmad's booth. this consisted of a lavishly detailed art collector's apartment over-full of the many accumulations of the pursuit of what is currently very premium art—a fabrication that required a long list of prop rental facilities and the services of a very good set designer. it brought to mind tibor fischer's the collector collector, which is worth reading.

lonesome cowboy


richard tuttle, 1988. at sperone westwater.

blue brownie


john chamberlain, 1979.

Oct 23, 2014

chuck close up close



a small self-portrait, in acrylic, at pace london; frieze 2014.

Oct 9, 2014

Oct 6, 2014

after dinner


the mayday rooms. 88 fleet street, across from goldman sachs.

late in the east midlands

Sep 28, 2014

on the dalmatian coast

chez bob de tunis

10 rue richer, paris 75009.