Archive for June, 2014

Events: Gamelan Kusuma Laras at the Make Music Festival

June 17, 2014

This Saturday, June 21, more than 726 cities around the world will celebrate the longest day of the year with a global celebration of music making. In New York City, there will be over 1,300 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the five boroughs, all free and outdoors. As part of Make Music New York, Gamelan Kusuma Laras, the Javanese music ensemble that I play with, will be throwing a block party on East 68th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues, in front of our home base, the Indonesian Consulate. We’ll be playing from 12 noon until 6 pm. Feel free to drop by for a few minutes or stay all afternoon!

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Good stuff online: Chrissie Hynde Q&A in the New York Times Magazine

June 15, 2014

I love Chrissie Hynde — so blunt and honest and funny. Check out the delicious Q&A with her in today’s New York Times Magazine.

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Photo diary: a week in California part 1 (Esalen/Big Sur)

June 12, 2014

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the famous hot tubs and massage rooms overlooking the Pacific Ocean

the famous hot tubs and massage rooms overlooking the Pacific Ocean

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Quote of the day: ANXIETY

June 12, 2014


At work, [young-adult novelist John] Green has surrounded himself with people who are approximately as smart as he is, but a lot calmer. When I asked [his wife] Sarah how anxious John was, she laughed and said, “The word ‘very’ comes to mind.” But, she said, “it’s part of his identity and the way he experiences the world, and it’s not a wholly inward-focussed anxiety. It also helps him to be empathetic.” Green told me that he had been prone to “obsessive thought spirals for as long as I could remember”—but he’d had good therapy, starting when he was a teen-ager, and felt that his emotions were “fairly well managed.” Besides, “from a novelist’s perspective, the ability to cycle through all the possibilities and choose the worst is very helpful.”

— Margaret Talbot, “The Teen Whisperer,” in The New Yorker

John Green (illustration by Bartosz Kosowski)

John Green (illustration by Bartosz Kosowski)


Photo diary: Erika in NYC

June 10, 2014

Andy’s cousin-who’s-like-a-sister Erika took a mom vacation and came in for a long-awaited reunion with NYC, where she used to live. She stayed at Andy’s place in Astoria, and we ran around town. Checked out the Lynda Barry show at the Adam Baumgold Gallery, had a bite at the mozzarella bar at Madison and 56th, had mezze and wine at Kashkaval on its last day of operation, enjoyed Hedwig and the Angry Inch, dined at Thalia afterwards, attended the Wooster Group’s Early Shaker Spirituals, shopped for tea at Harney & Sons, shared wine and cheese at Cafe Select in Soho’s Kenmare Square…ya know, like ya do.

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