The Olympics, 2012

When I wandered through the City of London museum, I was bombarded by the magnificence of a city that has survived and thrived after thousands of years and many disasters in the forms of plagues, fires, war, and mad monarchs. The sheer fact that London had existed before the birth of Christ and survives to […]

“I’m Not Sure I Get It” – A Visit To Tate Modern

As evidenced above, most of the art at London’s Tate Modern isn’t exactly what you might call “accessible”. I personally know very little about visual art (and even less about the nebulous sub-category of “modern art”); to see this world-renowned gallery from the perspective of the uninitiated was an experience that was both exhilarating and […]

Friends versus Family: How to Vacation in London

I’ve been to London twice in the past six months. The first time I went with my family and absolutely abhorred the experience. After visiting every single possible tourist location in all of England, we rented a car and drove four hours to the ‘Dr. Who Experience’—which is some sort of strange hybrid museum/amusement ride […]

Strange Interlude

Last night, I attended the National Theatre’s production of Strange Interlude by Eugene O’Neill. The play, which spans around twenty-five years, centers on Nina Leeds, who keeps several men in her life in her search for her idolized happiness. O’Neill’s characters use asides consistently throughout the play in a way that makes beautiful, sweeping sentences […]

TATE Modern

Dead trees in a giant, empty white room. They reach toward the ceiling, materializing out of two blocks of industrial wood. Their barren trunks extend upwards from their square bases. Short, cut branches poke out in all directions. A small plaque says that they were chipped out of huge planks, ring by ring, until the […]