Tag Archives: America

West Virginia versus Switzerland

For a few summers in high school I worked as a river raft guide in West Virginia. Lately I’ve been a technical writer for a medical devices company in Switzerland. Both are land-locked, mountainous regions. How else do they compare? I know you’ve been wondering about this for a long, long time. Continue Reading

Façon du voir Edward Hopper

Ses meilleurs tableaux avons blancs: la voile blanche d’un sloop gréé de gaffes, l’extérieur blanc d’une maison en clapot de la Nouvelle-Angleterre, le blanc d’un phare de l’Atlantique, l’uniforme blanc du type qui travaille derrière le comptoir du restaurant. Le blanc est une couleur solitaire: il reflète tous les spectres de la lumière. Même si… Continue Reading

Weg Edward Hopper zu sehen

Seine besten Gemälde haben weiß: das weiße Segel auf einer Gaffelschaluppe, das weiße Äußere eines Schindelhauses in New England, das Weiß eines Leuchtturms am Atlantik, die weiße Uniform des Kerl, der hinter dem Tresen arbeitet. Weiß ist eine einsame Farbe: es reflektiert jedes Lichtspektrum. Obwohl es gibt in sienem Weißen auch Blau-, Schwarz- oder Grüntöne,… Continue Reading

Ways of Seeing Edward Hopper

Ein deustche Version findet man hier. Il y a une version française ici. His best paintings have white in them: the white sail on a gaff-rigged sloop, the white exterior of a New England clapboard house, the white of an Atlantic lighthouse, the white uniform of the guy working behind the diner counter. White is… Continue Reading

The Accident

By seven in the morning the raft guides at Wind River Outfitters were busy getting ready for the day. The truck that hauled all the gear, a faded green Ford with a crew cab, was already loaded with life jackets, helmets, and paddles, all thrown in the truck bed. Three inflated rafts were stacked on… Continue Reading

Game Show Host

Looked at from a performance standpoint, tanks are cool: big hunks of metal that can move very fast, shoot things, and can endure a fair amount of being shot at. They’re battleships on land. They are a combination of mobility and firepower. In his very funny book, Don’t Stand Too Close to a Naked Man,… Continue Reading