Archive for May, 2004

How Do You Feel About…Clowns?

Kids love clowns and for good reason: they have a long history of making kids smile. Somewhere along the way to adulthood, though, clowns take on a more disturbing flavor. How does that happen? With her new show at the Metro Pictures Gallery, Cindy Sherman takes a stab.

Her photographs aren’t that in-your-face strange that freaks you out straight away. No, no — these photos have that subtle creepiness that sneaks up on you when you’re least expecting it and refuses to go away for some reason you can’t quite explain. Depending on who you are, that makes the exhibit something to rush off to or avoid like the plague. I vote the former.

image grabbed from metro pictures gallery

FBI Clearly Never Rides NYC Subway

The FBI warned today of possible new attacks in the US, telling the vigilant among us to be on the lookout:

In its weekly bulletin distributed to 18,000 agencies, the FBI says to look out for people wearing bulky jackets on warm days, smelling of chemicals, or even individuals whose fists are tightly clenched.

Unfortunately for the FBI, a good 50% of the people on my daily subway commute fall into at least one of these categories. I guess we all better brush up on our citizens arrest skills…

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