December forces reflection. So in the spirit of this reflection, I thought I would round out a year in this long-neglected newsletter with a fourth ins…
One of Des Moines’ greatest culinary centers is the parking lot of the Advanced Auto Parts off of University Avenue in the King Irving neighborhood. Th…
The view from a street in Des Moines’ Drake Neighborhood (2020) Part I: It Is What It Is Here’s a good what if? moment from the annals of my strange yo…
The Rice Bowl (Exterior) in Beaverdale, Des Moines (2019) Walking into The Rice Bowl, nearly hidden among the businesses amassed together in the tightl…
Saint Anthony the Abbot in the Wilderness, Osservanza Master (ca. 1435) Returning to New York in October was an exercise in attempting to manage a rela…
Bread, Richard Artschwager (1966) A no-knead bread recipe is only a recipe in the sense that it exists as a set of instructions involving the combinati…
It’s been one of this intense and strange week and since it’s the holidays, that can only mean that it’s swinging into an even stranger, more intense w…
Cypriot Terracotta Pig Vessel (3rd-2nd Century BC) Taking off in the dark, the plane window reveals many small lights, like flames in the night. This i…
Madonna of the Meadow, Giovanni Bellini (1500) There are few commonplace events which prove the malleability and the fragility of the human animal body…
Still from “Men seated around a table dip donuts in coffee cups and eat during the Donut Dunk...” (1946) Upon first encountering Dunkin’ Donuts in my f…
The last week of September hit like a bag of bricks slipping out of an unsecured pickup bed onto the windshield of an unsuspecting car in traffic. Babi…
There are few seasonal beverages so maligned and filled with meaning as the pumpkin spice latte. Since it’s popularization by Starbucks, it has become …