goodbye boston. goodbye luscious public parks. goodbye photogenic squirrels and swan boats and duck tours. goodbye america, with satisfying burrito joints and cheesecake factories and dollar bills and green street signs and yellow school buses. and liberty, justice, etcetera. the most unexpected details about this country are what stand out when i am away. and off i go again, onto the next adventure of the summer. ★
most rooms in art galleries these days seem spacious and sparse, giving each painting its own space. stepping into the mfa’s salon room, therefore, was a significantly – refreshingly – different experience to what i have grown used to. more interesting still is the fact that in the 1890s, all of the mfa galleries exhibited art floor-to-ceiling, styled after the famous parisian salon. the aesthetic and the idea behind the salon entice me. the mfa’s explanation describes the salon as
the epitome of worldliness and sophistication. a typical salon exhibition, which might include thousands of paintings, placed the largest and most prestigious works “on the line”, at eye-level. paintings by lesser-known artists were often “skyed” towards the ceiling – though part of the game at the salon was deciding whether your judgment was better than the judges’.
i want my mind to be shaped like a salon, containing art of all kinds: paintings, but also books, plays, cupcakes…some on the line and others skyed, awaiting further inspection. ★
^ the creamsicle and needham cream pie, two of treat cupcake bar‘s selection
as i have explained, one of my life missions is to discover the best cupcakes in the world. today i found treat cupcake bar in needham, mass., and would like to create a special honorable mention category just for them. their cupcakes hit my main targets: not too sweet, excellent balance of frosting and cake, and beautiful decorations (i mean just look at that presentation!). they are not up to par with my other favorites, but are unique. their cakes are more like muffins, and are quite large. the shop is perfect for kids parties (they have a “make-a-treat” option for personal decorating), and the cake – light and fluffy – tastes like childhood (you know, those grocery store sheet cakes with frosting flowers. but much tastier and more fresh!). see the complete updated list here ★