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Surviving Job Loss | Five Steps | One Mindful Method

Many of you have jobs. And if you have a job, at some point you may lose one due to termination or layoffs. The liquor industry often sees a spike in sales that day. The conditioned mind also tends to be garrulous at such times. It can cement your psychology and say things like, “This … Continue reading

A Guide to Writing Guides: a meta-guide

  You’ve been tasked with explaining a process to your colleagues, clients, or end users. You remember those needlessly nightmarish instructions for electronic appliances and furniture that fold out into a quilt of pages. You have no desire to produce such literature.   You already notice this guide is easier. The prose so far has … Continue reading

New Mexico Moments | New Memories of Past Lives

We were drowning in darkness on Highway 41 outside Santa Fe, but every five seconds or so, lightning fractured a ganglion of clouds and only those clouds. It was an electrical cage in the sky, and for what prisoner and for what crime, I did not know. I only knew we were not far from … Continue reading

the daylight density of a living ghost

I am a living ghost. I go into the shop, Ooga Booga, and a store employee does not look up from his computer. Maybe he sees me. Maybe he doesn’t. I continue haunting, exiting the retail area, going into the warehouse. In the first room is a long table with a mailing list, exhibition literature, … Continue reading

To Be Honest | You’re Not Going to Like This

I’m going to make this personal and impersonal. I’m going to pretend you love a contradiction. I’m going to pretend you are one. I’m going to keep the compositions of my photographs tight on the artists and their work and their materials—except for one image—because I’m not completely evil. I’m incompletely so. And I’m going … Continue reading

Wanderland | LA Art Book Fair and LA Zine Fest

This title is deceptive. This is not an informative story about these events. This is rather a story of a cultural coyote in Los Angeles. I am that animal. I go for days without nourishing my soul with friendship, family, or love. I wander and have a talent for it. Many of my friends are … Continue reading

// conversation peace // Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

“How much do you love me?” Midori asked. “Enough to melt all the tigers in the world to butter,” I said. Norwegian Wood (1987) by Haruki Murakami When daring and vulnerability meet, this is their union: free-falling confession. I admire Norwegian Wood for this and much more. To read the novel is to know these displays of … Continue reading

A Reason to Shoot People

In this verbal and visual essay, I propose that the best time to photograph people in an art gallery is when they offer a proportional statement between them and the installed work. It’s the optical equivalent of a simile. By Tommy Tung ============ At art exhibitions, you see photographers with point-and-shoot cameras and SLR machines … Continue reading

// Art // Relax, Not Reason Through It

In this essay, I abandon Art History so I can experience anthro[physis] at Rivera Gallery without “isms” and aggrandizing. By Tommy Tung Enter a gallery. A monocle and an art degree are not needed. Possess them however and you have an ocular and academic advantage. I pack light. I only carry the five senses—plenty for engaging any art exhibition. Equipped like … Continue reading