Just Because: Fragonard Parfumeur


Let’s all just take a deep breath and look at this sweet illustration of cats, birds, and mice working together to distill some perfumery ingredients.

“Attention! Fleurs Fragiles”

Image via Fragonard.



VOTE! Election Day 2016


Just before Election Day 2008, I purchased these three buttons at a Gap location near my Manhattan workplace. The Gap had invited ten artists to create buttons incorporating the word “VOTE,” and the resulting designs were selling for $5 apiece. (A dollar from each sale was donated to the voter-registration initiative Declare Yourself.) The artists were Fab5Freddy, John Baldessari, Adam Pendleton, Kara Walker, Nate Lowman, John Waters, Deborah Kass, Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Laurie Simmons, and Sean Landers.

I purchased buttons from three artists: Assume Vivid Astro Focus (the psychedelic letters playing on Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE), Kara Walker (the silhouette of a girl’s head), and Laurie Simmons (the cat figurines). I wish I had bought a full set.

A lot has changed over the past eight years. A lot has not changed. Remember to vote today if you’re registered.

Things that Make You Go Hmmm…John Coolidge in CULTURED Magazine

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I was flipping through a copy of Cultured Magazine at work, and I paused at this page. I’m really not the demographic for this slick publication, and I don’t know anything about photographer-turned potter John Coolidge and his partner, “painter and creative director” David Burgoyne. But the photo of these two, by Coolidge, caught my eye.

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Gene Wilder (1922-2016)


Of course we all loved him in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (as pictured above!) but my absolute favorite Gene Wilder memory is my earliest one: his appearance as The Fox in “The Little Prince.”

Click here to view a short scene from the film (1974, directed by Stanley Donen and based on the classic story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry).

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Thank you, Mr. Wilder. Farewell.