Sacred Spaces, Sublime Beauty

Check out this gorgeous list of sacred spaces across Europe! One of my favorite clickbait passed times is looking at photos of beautiful libraries. While indulging in that particular addiction I found another equally gratifying one. Sacred spaces, an architect’s conception of solace and sublimity, have a common beauty. Perhaps austere, always commanding, and deeply…

@CookiesHush

On Thursday Grace, Emily and I convinced innocent Locust Walk pedestrians to trade us their secrets for a cookie! If they wrote their secrets down on a blue sticky note we shredded the secret in front of them without reading it (lost forever to the sands of time) but if they chose a yellow sticky…

The Golden Haggadah

The Haggadah is the book from which Jews read at the Passover seder. The text provides order both thematically and practically for the Passover meal, and is constructed in order to elicit questions from young attendees about the meaning of slavery, freedom, Jewish law and ritual. The Golden Haggadah is a manuscript from mediaeval Spain…

Father of Hebrew Typography

Moshe Spitzer designed iconic Hebrew fonts, published beautiful Hebrew books and nurtured the first generation of Israeli artists. Israeli auction houses, museum and collectors around the world are willing to pay top dollar for his work. I’ve included some examples below.  

Du Fu and the Tidal Basin

For a single week every year, cherry blossoms surrounding the tidal basin in Washington DC choke the air with pink and white. It’s a tourist trap, but with the proper inwardness, the space is also religious. The phenomenon – a single week of ecstatic vivacity bookended with birth and death – has been the subject…

OVID.TV

In March of this year OVID, a new platform for independent and art films, began operations. The platform, which is a collaboration between six independent film distribution companies and the documentary service Docuseek, has filled a hole in the art world that was created when FilmStruck ceased operations last year. Membership is $69.99/year or 6.99/month.

The Zoot Suit

The day before spring break I attended Troy Michie’s lecture at the ICA. Michie has a startlingly spiritual relationship with ordinary objects and space. He finds beauty in unusual places. One of the things he spoke about during his lecture was the root suit and its rich, painful history. Since then I’ve read up a…