Friday, March 01, 2002

Tomorrow is the D.C. Special Library Association's "Career Day," so I'm staying home and getting a good night's sleep in anticipation of the chance to implore various representatives of the Library of Congress to liberate me from retail. My obsession with the LOC was further cemented last night by an evening at the Mary Pickford Theatre. Matt and I took in a few Looney Tunes (shown in memory of Chuck Jones) and Gillo Pontecorvo's "Queimada!" (It's no "Battle of Algiers," but worth seeing for the hypnotic crowd scenes and Morricone soundtrack). I just need to get my foot in the door.
New York City or Lisbon?

Although New York City, America's largest city, was originally known as "New Amsterdam" and not "Lisbon," it was erroneously portrayed as Lisbon in [a] late-seventeenth-century map . . . In 1672, the French publisher C. L. Jollain issued [a] bird's-eye view of New Amsterdam, which was renamed "New York" after the British took complete control of the Dutch colony in 1674. As if to attest to its geographical accuracy, this representation includes an inset showing the relative location of New Amsterdam within the New Holland colony and applies place names that are an indication of a North American location. However, this is a fictitious map! In fact, the street pattern and the buildings are those of late sixteenth-century Lisbon. These elements of the map were copied from a popular image of Lisbon that was originally published in Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum (Cologne, 1572-1618) and republished several times in other atlases during the seventeenth century.

Only one of the many interesting facts included in the Library of Congress' impressive exhibit Celebrating the Portuguese Communities in America: A Cartographic Perspective.

Thursday, February 28, 2002

1200 block of 13th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Victorian Secrets of Washington, D.C.

This site won't be much of a beauty pagent because we 'll concentrate on buildings that are vacant, abandoned, deteriorated, distressed, or just plain at risk because they are standing in the path of development. For many of them, we will be holding a wake while they are still on their deathbeds. However, if even one Victorian finds an angel because of our page, we'll consider it a thousand percent return on investment.

Tuesday, February 26, 2002

The L.A. Weekly reports on the last days of Pirate Cat Radio:

Inside, Adam Ant’s “King of the Wild Frontier” is blasting onto the airwaves, and the house phone, which is also the number announced on-air, rings every five minutes. Ikea-like furniture has been pushed into the center of the living room, boxes and beat-up suitcases are everywhere. It feels like a well-off college senior’s last day on campus: candles burned down to their bases, dried flowers in empty wine bottles, framed movie posters, a lava lamp, a guitar leaning against one wall, volleyball and scuba equipment against another . . .