Palau in hiding

palau-patchI mentioned in my swatches post last fall that Valencia’s Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia appeared to be undecided about the look she was going for. After she had been disrobed (a very complicated procedure), her fashion consultants had provided her [More….]

Dispatches from the Montréal Airport

valairportIt’s been some time since our intrepid correspondent filed from an airport, and the time seemed right. Well, perhaps it’s more accurate to say that writing an airport dispatch seemed one way to lure the mind away from dispirited contemplation of the contrast between the gentle rain of a cool Valencian morning and the near-featureless expanse of white [More….]


It’s not that I’m anti-snow. I have all kinds of positive associations with the lovely white stuff, including great memories of powdery drifts in childhood, and an affection for the cozy feeling it often brings as I contemplate it from someplace snug. But as I started the car in pitch darkness this morning at 5:40 am (at least there was a lovely moon) [More….]