Thursday, November 27, 2008

Vikram Chandra: Sacred Games

So, I broke my "reading all the books on my shelf before buying any more books" rule, and bought "Sacred Games." I can't remember exactly when, or why, but it was a mistake. This book was a good idea, and not a terrible book, but at 900something pages, it was approximately 500 pages too long. "Games" takes place in Bombay/Mumbai (when did I miss this name change), and boy, it was timely that I finished this book yesterday, right before the terror/hostage situation there now. I learned more about Mumbai police, gangsters and hookers than I ever even dreamed I could know, but hey, you can cover a lot of ground in 1000 pages. If you like sagas, you might like this book, as long as you are very very very patient. Otherwise, skip it. This book is too long to appreciate. If Chandra is looking for an editor, I'd be glad to help.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Dogs of New Orleans

You didn't think I could go away for a week and not take a billion pictures of dogs, did you? The awesome red pit bull that makes multiple appearances is Kai, who belongs to A, who was my wonderful hostess/tourguide two days. What a lovely, stable, and generous bulldog, of course straight from the local SPCA. Charmed the pants right off of a cat-guy at the protest for gay marriage downtown. The boxer belongs to a homeowner we welcomed home with the St Bernard Project (more on that later).

I'm Back

I was away, I did not forget the blog. I was in New Orleans for a week working with The St Bernard Project, in St Bernard Parish, and taking pictures. I have (surprisingly) much to say and many pictures to post, but it's taking time to process both my thoughts and my pictures. One day they'll be here.

Friday, November 07, 2008

I Can't Help It,

I love this.

I also really like this- makes me feel like maybe, one day, this won't be such a shock. (Of course, the cynic in me says by then, there'll be no ozone layer, so it will be irrelevant, but hey, one step at a time.)

Thursday, November 06, 2008

And Most Creative Campaigning Award Goes To....


I have so much to say about the election, but first, I have been diligently working on my photos from the "after party." I don't really know what to call it- there were parties in the streets all over Oakland. The one C and I went to was downtown, and we were basically dancing and yelling and screaming in the street for 3 hours. In the middle of the night. And it was safe. This is momentous. I've condensed the pictures down to the following, and if you chose, you can select the captions to go along with each. Enlarge the slideshow to be full screen, and you will see a choice in the middle for "info on." This will allow you to read my description of each picture. I would recommend watching once without the captions and once with. I hope you enjoy this- this was really a wonderful moment, whether you were celebrating Obama, the first black president, or the relief of No More Bush.