Life in Wanderlust

Kowloon Walled City
May 27, 2012, 4:24 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Art + Design, Books + Writing, Urbanism


Kowloon Walled City, illustrated by Terasawa Hitomi


March 22, 2012, 10:36 pm
Filed under: Art + Design, Books + Writing, Inspiration, Thoughts

“Art is a good means to declare one’s love to people, without inconveniencing them.”

― Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

On Beauty
January 29, 2012, 1:33 am
Filed under: Art + Design, Books + Writing, Inspiration, Thoughts

“Beauty can be coaxed out of ugliness. Wabi-sabi is ambivalent about separating beauty from non-beauty or ugliness. The beauty of wabi-sabi is, in one respect, the condition of coming to terms with what you consider ugly. Wabi-sabi suggests that beauty is a dynamic event that occurs between you and something else. Beauty can spontaneously occur at any moment given the proper circumstances, context, or point of view. Beauty is thus an altered state of consciousness, an extraordinary moment of poetry and grace.”

Leonard Koren, Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers

January 28, 2012, 11:18 am
Filed under: Art + Design, Books + Writing, Inspiration

sketchbookvia Oliver Jeffers

“For 36 weeks in 04, myself and three other artists sent a sketchbook back and forth across the Atlantic between us, each artist responding to the spread that proceeded them. When it was finished, book had travelled over 60,000 miles.”

— Oliver Jeffers

The 25th Hour
January 15, 2012, 12:21 am
Filed under: Books + Writing

The 25th Hour by David Benioff

I borrowed this book off of a shelf at one of my couch surfing bases (in Harlem, hence the need for entertainment). The novel is perfect for reading on the subway, and describes the lives of four New Yorkers on the eve of a vital night. One of the characters, Monty Brogan, is about to head to jail for seven years for dealing drugs. His girlfriend and two best friends go with him out for his last night in the city. I really enjoyed the dialogue and characterization, from the self loathing Jakob to the self-serving Naturelle. The last few pages were also particularly effective. Overall, a quick and easy read.

On Creative Work
December 19, 2011, 1:13 pm
Filed under: Art + Design, Books + Writing, Inspiration, Thoughts

“What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.

But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story.

It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

— Ira Glass

Where Children Sleep
November 29, 2011, 2:02 pm
Filed under: Art + Design, Books + Writing, Inspiration, Thoughts, Travel | Tags: ,

via James Mollison

I came across Where Children Sleep on tumblr while browsing photos of different families and their weekly food consumption. Both are definitely worth a browse through. The book documents the lives of children around the world through photographs of their bedrooms. A very interesting concept, employed through beautiful photographs, revealing the varying standards of living around the world.

My first trip overseas was to work on an archaeology project in an isolated area in Senegal, and I was quite shocked at the living conditions despite the pre-trip descriptions my professor had shared. However, most of the people there seemed content with their lives, although I wasn’t able to have any real conversations in Wolof. Personally, these photos are a reminder of how each person has a unique history and it’s rarely useful to compare yourself with others since the lives we all lead are different, and sometimes extremely distinct.