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coffee cup

The Greek-style coffee cup is quintessential New York, but with fewer Greek coffee shops and more only coffee shops around, they are not as common as they once were.* This 75-cent specimen came from the Luncheonette, which I wrote about late January, next to the Smith and 9th Street subway station.  Though on the small side, the coffee was pretty good. I’d go back again.

* MOMA sells a ceramic version of this cup. A nice, environmentally correct souvenir, it will bring much pleasure.

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that's me on the right; it was very windy

that's me on the right; it was very windy

Like yesterday’s picture, today’s includes the photographer’s shadow (i.e., me). It’s a common device, using a shadow as a human stand-in. A couple months ago at MOMA I saw a piece comprised of individually framed snapshots from the 1920’s to 1970’s that caught the photographer’s shadow. Though the grouping of the photographs and their accidental subject matter was anything but casual, they were memorable as a record of a time before photographic irony, and the anonymous subjects, small scale, and shadows made the snapshots seem especially ephemeral. Last week I visited the museum and experienced impermanence firsthand; the photos were no longer up.

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