Granada and The Alhambra have whetted the sensibilities of Romantics for generations, and at this place along the Sierra Nevada mountains, one finds that there are fewer places to better understand the Saracenic and Gothic which run so deeply and obviously in the culture of Spain. Washington Irving wrote that the Alhambra was “so often and… Read More Granada and La Alhambra (photos)
Visiting Italy in 21st-century August is a tricky thing, it takes skill and preparation. The country is dense. It is dense with art, culture, and historical artifacts, but it is also dense with the tracks of mindlessly spending zombie tourists with a chronic lack of interest in much beyond the lack of ranch dressing at… Read More The Crowded Roads to Rome
Plaza de Cervantes, Alcalá de Heráres (near the birthplace of Miguel Cervantes).
I’ve had the idea of throwing up a collection of my own photos mixed with the work of professionals that I can remember and which have left an impression on me. This may merely illustrate the banality and relative insignificance of my own life, but powerful images have an ability to inspire and contextualize, and… Read More Some of 2013, Part 1
There is a place in the center of Spain, a center economically and geographically, that forces on passersby the genuine urban commotion of an honest to God, real-life city. There are tall buildings and countless corners of human activity, some preserved under antiquated folds of history, others merely shelters and spaces for citizens and visitors… Read More Supervisual Ode to The Grand Way: Spain’s Broadway
In 2003, San Diego CityBeat Magazine created their Fiction 101 contest, a flash fiction contest with the simple rules of forming an interesting, better than marginal snippet of creative writing under 102 words. Staying true to the implication of the title itself, most of the entries were born in the minds of amateur writers. And… Read More Fiction 101: Cherry Popped
Expressionist painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner loved naked women, and the Nazis made him feel very guilty for it. Earlier in his artistic career, his bohemian studio was apparently a regular Sodom and Gomorrah, with models on standby for candid poses and more realistic renditions. He led a lifestyle that purposely broke from social conventions, with… Read More Museum Jaunt: Ernst Kirchner