Hungry Afternoon

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No Money, 2011 by Nguyen Cong Cu

No Money, 2011 by Nguyen Cong Cu

I hit the dirty pavements every day. And every day, the windows tell me the same thing – “No vacancies,” says one. Another says, “No jobs here.” I chuckle when I see one a few blocks onward. “Don’t even think about it,” it shouts, in angry red writing in permanent marker. That one makes me chuckle a little, in spite of the fact that I haven’t worked in six months. Continue Reading

A Brave New Start

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WITNESS by Guillermo Kuitca and Bill Woodrow,  2010

 

Witness by Guillermo Kuitca and Bill Woodrow,  2010

The taxi dropped me off on the corner of God-knows-where and Help-Me-Now. So that’s what it must have felt like to step on the moon, I thought, as my food collided with an inconveniently-placed smear of dog’s droppings. I had arrived at my new workplace – in a new country – on a new continent – on what felt like an entirely different planet. Continue Reading

Rhapsody

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Up at Minton's by Romare Bearden (American, 1911–1988)

Up at Minton’s by Romare Bearden (American, 1911–1988)

The piano teases us with its tripping inconsistency. It clangs and tinkles, lulls us into a shaky sense
of musical comfort, and just when you think it’s time to ease back into your whiskey, it clangs back
to life in a discordant array of minor chords and percussive thumps. The trumpet counters the piano
with its own set-up of howling squalls, only to harmonize with it later, in a slow, blue-tinted duet
that makes me want to cry in my ashtray. Continue Reading

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