Working on my website

Since we have another day at home here in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, it is a perfect time to work with Craig on finishing my website. My blog proved very useful today as I was trying to remember web examples that I wanted to show him. I remembered that I blogged about this a while back — more than two years ago I found out! — and tracked down my 2010 post that linked to three sites I like.

Since then, I have found other sites that intrigue me including The Drawing Center’s Viewing Program curator, Nina Katchadourian’s site, which I looked at after I met her just after staring my new job and before she heads off to be a professor at NYU.

Nina Katchadourian

And I recently saw a show by artist Asuka Ohsawa at Nancy Margolis Gallery. I looked at her site trying to find out more about this artist whose work I loved.

Asuka Ohsawa

And after watching several of the speakers at the recent Creative Time Summit online, Jeanne van Heeswijk stood out so I looked at her site too.

Jeanne van Heeswijk

Now I just need to wait for Craig to wake up after he fell back asleep on the couch where we are watching CNN silently and listening to WNYC.


Book Love

Seeing artist Nina Katchadourian post on this wonderful New Yorker round up of Books as Muses made me feel joyful and think about just how much I love books and love to read. I love to read via all the mediums available to us. Paper is a wonderful technology and nothing will replace it for me. I love holding books, turning the pages, noting favorite pages with a post it or a handwritten scribble in the front page.

I also love reading on my computer or my phone. My husband introduced me to Instapaper which changed my reading life. Now I often hit the “Read Later” button that I installed on my browser when I don’t have time during the day to delve into a longer article. Then I do read it later on the subway. I also am happy to have a kindle to read books during my commute or when I’m travelling. It is not aesthetically pleasing and the bookmarking option is not as satisfiying as my post its or handwritten notes, but I use both. And am happy to have several books to choose from when travelling. Also I do buy paper books, new and second hand via amazon. But I also buy books via the spectacular book shops of New York. Although I haven’t been to all those mentioned in this round up, many of my favorites are mentioned (Unnamable, St. Mark’s, Strand).

Typing this made me remember Flavorwire’s amazing posts on the most beautiful bookstores and beautiful libraries from around the world. It is good to not forget libraries in my thoughts on the love of books. And just now I found their post on bizarre libraries, which are stunning.