The Portals of Chandni Chowk

According to the Law that goes by many names, including Ganesha, every doorway requires something to be left behind and something new to be accepted. This is the human dilemma, and it is one that is not getting any easier as there are ever more of us in this world, all unsatisfied, desiring progress and […]

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Chicago stories

The skyline might have changed. Millennium Park certainly had not existed. But there still so many things I remember about my hometown, even after more than twenty years abroad. Returning awakens the memories of how the summertime smells of cut grass and coming rain. Pizza. Those cement sidewalk stamps at the corners just before the […]

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The Stuccadore Peon

“Do you know why you do not like conceptual art? It is because you know how to solve problems with your hands. You have the means to create plastically, visually. If you only had concepts, you would write.”

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Judging a cover by its book: Chicago by Carrie Welsh

Buildings are like books, the exterior is the Preface, the Prologue; it is where the excitement and the intrigue of a story begins, giving you a hint as to what lies ahead.
The interior is the body of the book, a place where you get introduced to some characters, the scenery, the plot, and maybe you solve a mystery behind its private doors. You might even find things you really don’t want to see.

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Architecture for the mind when a city transforms

The sight of the homeless man taking a shower on the sidewalk while completely dressed from a garden hose held above his head by doorman through a fence was so pitiful that it was impossible not to exchange embarrased glances with the early morning dog walkers and even the doorman, who relpied to everyone without speaking, what else can I do?

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Portals of Puebla

The portals of Puebla — or should I say the poems of Puebla — have never ceased to captivate me.

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