World’s Fair, Chicago, 1893

In the wee hours, self finished reading The End of Men. Her heart broke for one particular character. There is no real sense of closure (She’s been seeing that more and more in fiction, recently). Four stars out of five!

Her current read is Miracles and Madness: Insanity, Modernism, and Hitler’s War on Art, by Charlie English. Goody, self does love to read about World War II, insanity, etc.

On pp. 6 – 7, the Chicago World Fair of 1893 is described:

A seven-hundred acre site was filled with the fruits of humanity’s most technologically advanced era. Twenty-seven million people would visit, the equivalent of almost half the U.S. population at the time. In Paris four years earlier, fairgoers had been astonished by Gustave Eiffel’s tower, an ironwork lattice that pierced the sky to the height of a thousand feet. The American riposte, the first ferris wheel, was also vast — as high as the tallest of the new skyscrapers — but this construction moved. Powered by thousand-horsepower steam engines, it could lift up thirty-eight thousand visitors each day for a view few had ever seen that of the human world had ever seen: that of the human world from above.

Currently Reading: The Economist, 2 March 2019

Catching up with The Economist this morning.

Interesting review in the Books section, 2 March 2019:

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On the Way 2

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is ON THE WAY.

Share a shot of something you saw, did or experienced on the way: a photo not of your destination, but of an interesting thing along the way.

Bay Bridge Underbelly

Bay Bridge Underbelly, Heading West

Descending from self's unit in the Mendocino Art Center

Descending from self’s unit in the Mendocino Art Center

Through the Window of the Train to Chicago from Glenview

Through the (Tinted) Window of the Train to Chicago from Glenview, ILL

Stay tuned.

Motion: Buses, Planes, and Taxis

Capturing motion is a beautiful way to convey a story in a paragraph, sometimes even more so than a photo of the same subject in a stationary pose. — Jen H. for this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge

Without further ado:

Crossing a Bridge Into Manhattan On the Bolt Bus From New Hampshire

Crossing a Bridge Into Manhattan On the Bolt Bus From New Hampshire: March 2015

Flying into Chicago, October 2014

Flying into Chicago, October 2014

Downtown Chicago, October 2014

Taxi Ride: Downtown Chicago, October 2014

New: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is, fittingly enough, NEW.

Hence this post is about 1) New Books 2) New Experiences and 3) A New Play

New additions to self’s personal bookshelf. The Neruda she bought in Venice Beach. By the Book was a Christmas present.

New Books for the New Year

New Books for the New Year

First Time to Visit Chicago in the Fall:

Downtown Chicago: October 2014

Downtown Chicago: October 2014

Caught the U.S. premiere of Abbie Spillane’s new play, the scorching Strandline, at Chicago’s A Red Orchid Theatre:

This Chicago theatre was founded 25 years ago by actor Michael Shannon.

This Chicago theatre was founded 25 years ago by actor Michael Shannon. It’s an intimate (not to say wee) space. The night self saw it was the first night of previews and most of the people in the audience were actors and actresses.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

Twinkle 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

The WordPress Daily Post Photo Challenge this week urges us to “share with us your photos of twinkling light.”

Here goes:

One of Hundreds of Christmas Ornaments Self Has Collected Over the Years

One of Hundreds of Christmas Ornaments Self Has Collected Over the Years

Another From Self's Collection of Tree Ornaments (None of them Match)

Another From Self’s Collection of Tree Ornaments (None of them Match)

And here’s a picture self took when she visited Chicago in October. It’s the interior of Mooh Dulce (2602 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago), an art gallery which is also the site for America’s oldest Filipino American Theater Company (founded earlier even than Michael Shannon’s The Red Orchid Theater!), Circa Pintig. Much thanks to poet Angela Narciso Torres for hosting self in Chicago and taking her to see Conrad A. Panganiban’s collection of linked one-acts, Apat.

Waiting for Circa Pintig's Apat to begin: Chicago, Mooh Dulce Art Gallery, October 2014

Waiting for Circa Pintig’s Apat to begin: Mooh Dulce Art Gallery, Chicago, October 2014

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Angular: This Week’s WordPress Photo Challenge

From the “Angular” prompt, this week on the Daily Post Photo Challenge:

Angular might mean the corner on which you live or the intersection of sea and sky at a 180-degree angle. Angular also offers a chance to shoot from an entirely new perspective: from above, below, or even the margins of a fray.

Venice Beach, November 2014

Venice Beach, November 2014

Venice Beach Pier, November 2014

Venice Beach Pier, November 2014

Downtown Chicago, October 2014

Downtown Chicago, October 2014. The sky that day was fantastically blue. Only a week later:  FREEZING. Self took this shot from the plaza next to the Chicago Tribune building.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Achievement 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Angela's husband did this all himself! Oh, the joys of living in a place (Chicago) where Fall/Winter are real seasons.

Angela’s husband did this all himself! Oh, the joys of living in a place (Chicago) where Fall/Winter are real seasons.

Chris Pratt Overcame the Odds and Re-Invented Himself as a Hunk in "Guardians of the Galaxy" -- WOOT HOOT!!!

Chris Pratt overcame the odds and re-invented himself as a hunk in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the popcorn movie of the summer — WOOT HOOT!!!

Connie and her son, Julian, after mass at San Gabriel church in southern California. Self has known Connie since she was in grade school. But she'd never met any other members of Connie's family until August 2014. Self would say meeting Connie's family was quite an achievement.

Connie and her son, Julian, after mass at San Gabriel church in southern California. Self has known Connie since she was in grade school. But she’d never met any other members of Connie’s family until August 2014, when she attended Sunday mass at Connie’s church. Meeting Connie’s son was EPIC.

 

 

Descent 4: Various Cities, 2014

Various Descents: Chicago, Dublin, Seattle

Plane landing, somewhere just outside Chicago:  October 2014

Plane landing, somewhere just outside Chicago: October 2014

Sign in the Irish National Gallery, Dublin:  June 2014

Sign in the Irish National Gallery, Dublin: June 2014

Downtown Seattle, During the AWP Conference:  February 2014

Downtown Seattle, During the AWP Conference: February 2014

Oh Chicago

Self is just back from Chicago. Weather was positively balmy, and self saw four plays:  “Apat” at Circa Pintig, “Animal Farm” at Steppenwolf, “Strandline” at A Red Orchid Theatre, and “Smokefall” at the Goodman.  BLISS.

Here she is with poet Angela Narciso Torres (Angela’s first book, Blood Orange, won the Willow Book Prize.  Angela is an editor of Rhino Magazine). We’re on the train headed downtown from Angela’s place in the suburbs.

BFFs with, by sheeir coincidence, almost the same shade of red lipstick!

BFFs with, by sheeir coincidence, almost the same shade of red lipstick!

Seeing Angela again in a few.  She’s giving a reading at Beyond Baroque in Venice Beach, this Sunday, Nov. 2. Can hardly wait.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

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