22 June 2008


How bout some highlights from nine days in NYC?

-Munich Airport had a Fabriano outlet. I have never before been able to buy quality cotton cold pressed 300 g watercolor paper at an airport before. Thoroughly amazing to me and no one else.

-Flight from Munich with Lufthansa. Beer and sausage as inflight nourishment. Sehr gut.

-25th floor studio apartment in Jersey, balcony view to Manhattan skyline, rented by these guys. Hugely recommended. Cheap, friendly, practical and cosy.

-One of the first things I saw on street level Manhattan was a puking nun and a midget in a pinstripe suit.

-Good music almost everywhere. Normal coffeeplaces playing Dead Kennedys, Talking Heads and Joy Division. Never had so many "shh, they´re playing THAT song"-moments. Not that I actually shushed people, mind.

-Lady telling me to hide my camera better on the subway, ending with the zinger "I´m your mother".

-Heatwave making aircondition a condition for life.

-Picture box store. Good finds from Taylor McKimens and Matt Leine.

-Mocca. Meeting Keith Knight, Ruben Bolling, Ted Rall and dozens of others. Partying with Falk, Fiske, Holtestaul and Jason. Interesting to see the difference from european festivals. People are far more extrovert. Not sure if that´s always a good thing.
Recommended: Rat fever by Ian Harker. Good guy, good stuff.
Prints by Nik Moore.
Selfpublished, beautiful books by John Mejias
A dummy copy of Pushwagner´s Soft City

-Moma. Highlights:
Suprematist and early russian avantgarde
Ernst and Hilla Becher photos
Diane Arbus

-Feeling like I have entered a cult compound at the Apple store. Blankly smiling, identically dressed twentysomethings slipping words like "voltage independent" into the conversation like it´s the most natural thing in the world.

-Seeing Manhattan getting electrocuted in a fierce thunderstorm from a 25th floor Jersey balcony while drinking Urquell and going "woah" a lot.

-Desert Island Johnny Ryan signing, followed by the open studio afterparty, followed by the warehouse party following that again. Interesting watching a chick crowdsurfing a crowd counting about 50 people. Good band, lovely experience.

Have to get back...

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