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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.


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August 14, 2013


The urban equivalent of arriving at the coastal edge of a land mass (say at John Fowles' Lyme Regis) and seeing tightly packed strata as aeons of history conveniently laid out like book pages telling the tale of human insignificance. There the databank would be geological and the agent of revelation would be the force of sea. Here the information is sociological and we have your camera - operating rather more quickly than the waves - peeling away time in shorter but no less dramatic layers.

A hundred and fifty years (I'm guessing) of history in a city that is not supposed to have any history. The cumulative effect is breathtaking as are most things in NY. An inspired sequence and I thank you not simply for clicking the camera but for knowing where to click it. A grand plan whether you intended it or not. Though I tend to favour the former.

Thanks. Brings back memories and a desire to return.Our hotel which I would recommend,Hotel 17, on 17th st was within easy walking distance to Strands.Strands, the 1st bookstore that I have been to that had a greeter at the door.Bought tons there.

I can take or leave the pretzels but I do think that New York bagels are the best in the whole world! wish I could get my hands on some cinnamon and raisin ones right now! :)

Looks hot and crowded all right. Thank goodness for book stores. Although I read mostly off my Kindle these days, I still buy art books. The heat and crowding are very hard on one, I find. Even Seattle and now Stockholm, where I am at present, are overly warm and too bright for my taste. And I live in Hawaii!

Hi Roderick -- it's probably good it wasn't more intentional, or the result might have been more forced, but the idea emerged as I started walking and so it was definitely intentional though carried out on-the-fly. I wish I'd taken a picture of the craziness of Canal Street and the edge of Chinatown, since I love that area and it's a bit different, but hey, I didn't, and the rest of it worked out as I went. There are a thousand pictures waiting to be taken every minute in a place like New York, as you know...

Thanks for the recommendation,John, I'll make a note of Hotel 17. Yes, do go back -- New York never fails to impress, delight, overwhelm the senses. I thought I was quite restrained at The Strand!

I'm with you,Jenny. They're just great.

Hi Hattie -- in Hawaii you must have your life set up so the heat doesn't get to you. In a place like NY, there's just so much pavement and stone, unobstructed light, and so many people -- and don't get me started on the smells, especially in the heat! Here in Montreal the scale is just a lot smaller, and where I live there are big parks and lots of trees; even when it's hot and humid I feel like it's bearable.

But do enjoy Stockholm! I hope to see it one day.

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