Tall Tree and the Eye

When I was confused and noxious enough, I left stumbling down the hill where I found a traffic mirror…


Spherical Reflection Photo ©Icarus Blake

I saw the chrome balls appear from the top of a building as I was walking up a street in Seoul. It was a sculpture by Anish Kapoor at the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art. I spent an hour or so reflecting myself into the different ‘curves’. When I was confused and noxious enough, I left stumbling down the hill where I found a traffic mirror… In that very moment, I understood where his inspiration came from. Shot with Samsung EX2F.

Moon Photo ©Icarus Blake

Solar Concentration Photo ©Icarus Blake

Anish Kapoor was born in Mumbai, India, but in the early seventies he travelled to England to study, and has lived and worked there ever since. He represented England in the Venice Biennale in 1990, and in 1991 he won the Turner Prize, a prestigious award given to a British artist under the age of fifty.

... of the future Photo ©Icarus Blake

Kapoor has since participated in many exhibitions worldwide and has been commissioned to create a number of large-scale installation works, including Chicago’s famous Cloud Gate and London’s Orbit, which won a bid to be the permanent monument to the city’s 2012 Olympic Games. Kapoor is currently represented by Lisson Gallery in London and the Gladstone Gallery in New York.

Falling Up Photo ©Icarus Blake

Infinity Photo ©Icarus Blake

Unlikely Muse Photo ©Icarus Blake


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Linda Miller Nicholson/Thanksgiving Dirty Quail

Linda is the kitschy madwoman behind lauded food blog, Salty Seattle ( Her interests include cooking in Louboutins and wearing dresses made of sashimi. She digs sustainability, making pasta from scratch, and cooking sous vide. On TV she’s been called everything from the Timothy Leary to the Lady Gaga of food, but at the end of the day, she’s just a pen-wielding girl sporting stilettos in the kitchen. Find Linda on Twitter @SaltySeattle.

Zvi A. Sesling/City of the Dead

Zvi A. Sesling is published in numerous magazines and won several prizes. He edits Muddy River Poetry Review. His books are King of the Jungle (Ibbetson Street Press, 2010) and a chapbook Across Stones of Bad Dreams (Cervena Barva, 2011). The poem city of the dead is from his next full-length volume, Fire Tongue, due from Cervena Barva Press in 2013. He can be reached Submissions to his magazine can be sent to (Be sure to read guidelines).

Billy Roids/City of the Dead

Queens native from Corona, now residing in Brooklyn. Architecture school drop out, nature lover, music nerd, addicted to toys, ancient aliens, and the list goes on…Billy Roids is a persona in response the chaos and carnality of the city that we live in. Illustrator, sculptor, painter, whatever it is at the moment of inspiration, I create. Currently working on freelance design projects, and a toy brand as well. For more info head to

Shay Neary/Le Fish Bombsgiving

Shay Neary is a trans-woman college grad living in Bedstuy, Brooklyn. She currently works at RedFarm in Greenwich Village. She is a newbie to NYC and has an obsession with street food and Starbucks.

The Dime Store Casanova /The Last of the Avant Garde Joints

Joe Sonnenblick is an actor and writer, has studied under the tutelage of New York’s dope fiends, pushers, vagrants and women. Thanks to coffee and pot.

Nicole Wolverton /After Hours

Nicole Wolverton is a freelance writer and competitive dragonboater from the Philadelphia, PA area. Her short fiction has previously appeared in The Molotov Cocktail, Black Heart Magazine, and Trembles, and she covers the locally grown foods scene at Farm to Philly ( Her debut novel, a psychological thriller titled The Trajectory of Dreams, will be available in spring 2013 from Bitingduck Press. She attends Temple University.

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