I found this diary this week at the Goodwill on 2nd Avenue between 88th and 89th. It only had one entry, January 1st, 1990. It’s easy to imagine this person deciding to keep a journal for the new year and then stopping after one day- I’ve done that many times.
On January 23, 2006, I walked around the neighborhood for a few hours. Here are some things I saw which I had never noticed before:
This building whose symbol is strangely almost identical to the Chanel logo.
I actually went in here- Doyle Gallery, because there was a sign outside that said “Exhibition Today”. I didn’t have the guts to take photos inside after I felt slightly condescended to by the man who checked my umbrella. This is actually a preview exhibition of items which will be auctioned live, today, January 25th (which is when I am writing this description). When I was on the inside of this window I saw people picking up and turning over antique furniture in order to inspect the pieces. I didn’t know you could do that, and I soon realized that I could go to the front desk and get a complimentary piece of Doyle notepaper and a Doyle pencil, and write down the lot number of any item I was interested in- to look up now in the sample catalogs hanging from various ribbons throughout the gallery, or later at home if I chose to buy the $20 book, or on-line which I tried to do but was unable to figure out how to search by number. Inside Doyle were several ladies in all black and black rimmed glasses with official Doyle staff pins who were talking to visitors. I had a dream last night that I went to the auction but it was in a different city. I didn’t bid on anything.
Forgive the soda stains. I later learned that one of the items (where I wrote “what is it?”) was called a monstrance, used for holding a medal or the “body of Christ” in a church service.
This is just the beginning of a continuing investigation, you might even say focus-group, into why someone chooses to be Republican. Since most people know, and therefore, for now, most of the readers of this zine, will be ultra-liberal, even Socialist (yes, even one Communist), it seems fruitless to write some Bush-bashing piece that would preach to the choir. And since most of us are actually baffled by Republicans, I decided to lift some of the veils of mystery and get some honest answers as to why someone would be a Republican and/or support Bush. Just for a start, I have interviewed two highly-educated Republicans who by coincidence happen to both be Harvard graduates from the Upper East Side. (They donâ€™t know each other.) However, they have very different reasons for belonging to their party. Letâ€™s see what their beliefs and opinions are on a few issuesâ€¦
1. What is your profession?
Find and photograph the following scenarios on the Upper East Side. Selected photos will be posted in the soon-to-exit photo section of this website.
E-mail submissions to email@example.com.
Woman and child (either sex) both wearing quilted jackets.
Young black woman pushing old white woman in a wheelchair.
Man walking Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie).
Person walking two greyhounds wearing matching sweaters.
Take a photograph of tourists photographing the Guggenheim.
Cops eating at Old Fashioned Donuts on 86th Street and Lexington Avenue.
High school kids taking a cigarette break around the corner from school.
High school girls dressed like adults on a night out.
Small child dressed in very fancy clothes.