Saturday, November 26, 2005

Saturday Afternoon in Downtown Chicago


It is two days I am in Chicago. Today in Art Institute of Chicago, seeing one of my favorite paintings, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, was a total surprise for me.

Chicago in many ways is like New York—much cleaner (which is nice,) but more racially segregated (which is unpleasent.) At the first few hours after leaving the airport I found it difficult to adjust myself to the weather (I think I am now officially "addicted" to living in California.) But after the first few hours I began to enjoy the snow again. Today, walking around in downtown Chicago and feeling the cold breeze on my face took me back to the winters of Tehran and the joy of aimless wandering in the crowded streets.

Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

- Photos are my own, taken this afternoon.

Monday, November 14, 2005

A Tree in Pasadena

The Tree from Pasadena

From now on every now and then I am going to add photos to "The Labyrinth." Here is the first one: different faces of a tree, the sky and the earth. Taken a few months ago in my favorite city of southern california, Pasadena.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Good Night, and Good Luck

Who knew George Clooney could direct movies?
Good Night, and Good Luck is a low budget movie, without any sex or violence, without any "action" scenes. It is all shot in a few rooms in a TV studio. The movie surprises the viewer with its thought-provoking content and beautiful black and white cinematography. It is an exception to mainstream Hollywood cinema, and it was made by an unexpectedly talented director.

The movie goes beyond the criticism of the current administration and reminds us of something more important: the fact that even in the height of the McCarthy era there were journalists in the mainstream media who questioned the validity of the actions of their contemporary fascist "patriots." It also remind us of the absence of such journalists in our own time.
- For more about Edward R. Murrow click here.
- If you want to see the movie reading this would be helpful.