karma row: durga-kalaratri , demon-slayer

Someone on Facebook recently posted this image of the Hindu goddess Kalaratri, the fiercest version or aspect of Kali-Durga, consort of Shiva, I believe (Hindu mythology makes me dizzy), and I became very intrigued. According to asianart.org, “Durga appeared when the gods were unable to subdue a demon who was threatening the entire world. Individually, the gods […]

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from the vaults: david armstrong, RIP

Here’s one from the vaults. A Huffpo interview I did a few years back with David Armstrong, who I’m very sad to say died today.  I remember him getting cranky through the process and sending strange missives all in caps, but mostly I remember being so impressed by his grace and wit. And of course his brilliant photographs, which […]


design matters: sharpie DIY kicks

Here’s a small collection of hand-painted converse sneakers,  cool kicks – or trainers, as the Brits say – that I came across when listing a pair I own for my etsy shop, romanlovesgigi. The pattern – on mine – is an official company design, and as my description conveys, I love them, and lament that they’re too large (size 7): ‘These vintage Converse […]

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shanzhai biennial: faux-ism in art

Duchamp through the eyes of Koons, or just what happens when irony falls down the rabbit hole? I’m not quite sure, but Cyril Duval’s work has often piqued my curiosity. Years back I wrote a profile on himfor Clear magazine when he was launching Item Idem, and he happens to have a show up now at Johannes Vogt. Duval’s […]


desktop clutter and serial tv

Been super busy, sick, dealing with rats and lying landlords who won’t admit they threw my bike out – a vintage Schwinn all tuned up and repaired, a gift, and my first bike in years – so I haven’t been much in the mood to write here. Sorry! And sometimes two hours of Oz (my serial de jour, second round) is necessary, and […]

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selections from the vernacular pic collection aka my orphans

I started collecting old snapshots after spending hours sifting through an immense warehouse of junk that we regulars affectionately called “Sid’s on Driggs”, a space now occupied by a yipster grocery store and luxury apartments. I learned when they were asked to pick up the remains of loved one’s estate (ie. the unwanted contents of […]