Posts by author: Laurie Frick

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When you’re crazy busy, what’s one of the first things you jettison?  The news. You catch a glimpse online, but stop to read nothing that isn’t essential.  I’ve been finishing work, packing and crating a shipment for a show in Los Angeles at Edward Cella which opens Feb 12.  All about sleep patterns…..which is a […]

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Do you still have any of your work you made as a kid?  How much did you keep from art-school?  Do you toss the bad stuff now?  NY Times has been hosting a series of articles about clutter, hoarding and ruthless tossing.  I’m in the last category, when in doubt….toss it.  Today’s “Mom, you’re one […]

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It’s Tuesday, and my favorite part of the paper comes out today…..the Science section.  An amazing story about chess experts, scientists use brain scans to figure out  why they are better, and what’s different in the way their brain processes a chess board.  Net-net, the best chess players simultaneously use their left brain for object […]

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Horrifying to imagine setting yourself on fire.  But it does have a huge effect. In NYTimes…Self-immolation to protest repression as a long history. Tweet

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Used to be doctors would guess if you had alzheimers, and confirm the diagnosis via plaque in the brain in the autopsy after you’re dead.  Every one who has watched a grandmother, and mother begin to lose memory….not just the “where did I put my keys”.  But serious memory loss, begins to worry if it […]

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Curious about the note of pride expressed by those who rise before 5am to collect, read and digest the news for political power-brokers. And I thought, who reads the news for you?  I get my first taste on my phone and email from Mike Allen’s playbook.  Although today, the first story I read was about […]

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I’m packing to move apartments this week, and sometimes a newspaper is just a newspaper.  You save them for a few days and wrap up your dishes.  There is something easy and comforting in the simplicity of it all. Tweet

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“A bullet hits the skull like a meteor. Both start to break up, and shards of bone and metal can be driven into the brain. The old thinking was to chase after them and pull them out to reduce the chances of infection,” Dr Lemole said. “But we learned from the military that it can be […]

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Here’s a chance to see what random artifacts look like 60 years later.  Now online you can click to see the Kennedy Library archive and get nice high-res images of  the bar tab from Robert F. Kennedy’s bachelor party and to decipher John F. Kennedy’s Oval Office doodles. NYTimes. Death and randomness is in the air. Lots […]

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Is the shooting in Tucson more polarizing, or will it begin to sink in and cause us to “usher in a new era of civility”?  It’s so heart-wrenching to think about the families, and simultaneously check the blogs and read even the reasonable political reporting on politico.com, and see the extreme positioning.  Makes my stomach hurt. […]

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You know you get a little squirt of dopamine everytime you check your phone for email, and you get a big burst of serotonin just before you eat.  Neurotransmitters….the chemicals which reinforce behaviors that help you thrive.  Odd article in the Science section, yes….my favorite part of the paper….that Oxytocin the thing that caused mothers […]

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The news machine marches on. Diagrams of Giffords’ brain, and grisley explanations of how a mind might heal….coupled with the news of  Tom Delay sentenced to 3 years. “Evidence at trial showed Mr. DeLay and two of his top political aides saw a Repunblican takeover of the statehouse as the key to boosting the Republican’s […]

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“We once got into a conversation about the meaning of life,” said Tom Zoellner, a friend of Ms. Giffords’s and volunteer on two of her campaigns. “And she had sort of made an existential decision that life was about helping other people, that life was about public service, and she was going to arrange her […]

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How is it the Census data knows that 1.1 million knives, 11, 908 boxcutters and 1,416 knives were confisgated by airport screeners in 2007?  Meanwhile there are more pigs than people in 5 states and 400 fewer bookstores than 10 years ago. Am comforted by the orderly-ness of it all.  More in NYTimes today US […]

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Have you noticed how many works you’ve seen lately with ‘book as object’? They range from Anouk Kruithof’s beautiful wall of falling books to the kitsch bowl of stripped books at PotteryBarn.  I even fall into the mix, often buying old paperback at the Strand and cutting up the covers to use as stand-ins for […]

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As I read the paper everyday, sometimes something odd sticks with me….or I’ll read an article or stare at a picture for a time totally disproportionate to it’s importance in the news that day.  And if you read the entire paper in under 15 minutes, believe me….there is lots that is getting absolutely no attention. […]

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At the beginning of a new year everyone fusses over food, exercise, money and time. How do I get more, use less, do more, waste less, spend less and generally adjust behavior that is almost impossible to change. I’m slightly obsessed with time right now, and have been making work from daily activity charts (not […]

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I have a running commentary in my head this morning, to not let the quantity of news overwhelm me. I get an email alert from a friend’s art blog everyday - Hyperallergic, and wonder how in the world Hrag can read and keep up with the random mass and quantity of artnews (this one is good […]

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I wake up, start coffee, click my keyboard, hit the send/receive.  Reach out the front door, get the NY Times, finish making coffee and read the paper….  Today I read the news on my phone on the train riding back from a friend’s overnight party in New Jersey.  Over the course of the day, I […]

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