You can read my guest blog Order and Magic over at the talented and inspirational E. Amato’s blog Zestyverse, featuring artwork by Daniel Colvin. It’s mostly about cleaning, which I think is an underrated subject.
Today is my last day at the Getty Research Institute. No more labyrinthine circular marble Richard Meyer workspaces. I’ll miss all my incredibly talented colleagues, but not the 405 freeway.
I’m coming to the end of my graduate internship at the Getty, which has been wonderful, and taught me so much. There are exciting things happening in my life, but since I can’t yet officially announce them, I will share a very silly poem with you.
Dedicated to my friend Owen Duff, whose literary influences are significantly more interesting than this, but who giggled nonetheless.
My mother Kate McSherry lost her battle with Motor Neurone Disease, known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease in the US, one year ago today. She fought with dignity and good humour against a disease which progressively stripped her of her voice, then her ability to eat, walk, write, sit up, and eventually breathe.
Like everyone who knew her, I remember my mother as beautiful, quick to love and deeply generous, even in the middle of her final illness. There is a tribute fund in her name at the Motor Neurone Disease Association, where a donation can be made in her memory.
I’m currently a Graduate Intern in Publications at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. I’m excited to be working on upcoming exhibition catalogues and with the GRI web team, and to work with such a talented bunch of people!
Vincent Clay of Thane Salon recently posted a favourite poem of mine on his new blog. He’s also recently posted some Hughes and Sebald, in case you need another reason to check it out:
I’ve relaunched my blog over at serendipcity.blogspot.com as The Generosity Blog. It’s a record of interesting stuff I come across in the course of my research into gift exchange, especially the connections that don’t find a home in the thesis. Most examples come from contemporary art and anthropology, but you’ll find thoughts, reviews and ephemera too.
This recent post reviews Michael Landy’s Acts of Kindness for London Underground, a commissioned study of public kindness and generosity.