The Vertically Inclined Photographer:
Shooting Paris, Rome, the French Riviera and the Loire Valley from a low-flying plane is Patrick Durand's
photographic obsession. It's an interesting flat
alternative to Horst Hamann's
[click on "Gallery" and go to "New Verticals"
] tall vertical New York
. There's something very exciting about looking at familiar sights from an unfamiliar point of view. [Both sites very, perhaps too Flash.
Why Are The Six Best Restaurants in New York All French?
Because William Grimes
from the New York Times
is a massive, provincial, toadying snob, that's why
says so. [NYT reg. req.
] With his haughty tone, architectural blatherings and whiney voice
[Real Video link
] he's undoubtedly my pet hate among restaurant critics
, even though he obviously knows his stuff, not to mention a thing or two about cocktails [here is his take on the Martini
]. My favourite critics
are GQ's Alan Richman
and the Anti-Grimes
himself, a man who truly knows his food, Robert Sietsema
of The Village Voice
. What critics get your
goat or vote? Which ones are worth reading and following? More importantly, which ones - or anonymous restaurant guides, like Zagat's
, can you trust, if any
Who'll Be The First To Have Sex In The Museum Of Sex?
New York's new museum opens Saturday
. As an online aphrodisiac, it's offering a titillating map
of sexual congress in Manhattan, [Click on 1001 Nights In Manhattan and be prepared for a full-screen invasion
] as well as an interesting exhibition of photographs by Paul Duda
called The Pubic Parade
and librarian Ralph Whittington's
extensive collection of significative pornography, recently acquired and welcomed by the art community
. All of this obviously points to an important, earth-shattering question: where exactly is the funniest place you've
ever had sex?
Artists Of Brücke: German Expressionist Prints
is the first exhibition New York's MoMA
has created exclusively for the web. It was designed by Second Story
, whose web site contains a lot of other terrific
You Gotta Love Those New York Firemen
Or "How Cartman's Fireman Suddenly Took On A Whole New Meaning". Just to show there is always an upside to everything, it seems some Manhattan girls are doing their bit for their country and enjoying themselves into the bargain. Hey, is this the spirit or what?
Come To New York And Learn About Life
Are New Yorkers really superior? It seems so. Where else, in a supposedly fuck-you culture, would volunteers be turned away for being too numerous and too willing to help?
A friend of mine returned today and was utterly transformed by the new spirit there. I urge foreigners like me not to stop visiting and can recommend a hotel tailor-made for MeFi members: the brand-new Library Hotel.
My friend stayed there and can't shut up about it.
Each room is classified according to the Dewey system
and has a library of 60 essential books in any given field.
The great, typically New York thing, is that they've apparently slashed their prices. The ultra-comfortable rooms cost $300 just a week ago. Now they have a "compassion rate" of $150 per room.
Is it exploitation or solidarity? Who knows? Only traitors need keep away.
(Click on "Concept" for the full megillah)