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Anthology: Ten Years of TQ – Alissa Guzman

Wings of Desire Poster in the writer's studio Like my Southern California childhood, Times Quotidian is best described as alternative. My first piece, published in 2011 two days after my 27th birthday, was an essay on young, emerging photographers, written long before I’d worked myself into any kind of critical form. It was the beginning of a decade-long collaboration with a publication that gave many west coast writers, myself included, the room to experiment and a place to publish those odd pieces that didn’t seem to have a place anywhere else. Stepping away from reviewing other artist’s work, I found my voice in photo essays and fragmented text of the overheard and the anecdotal. Looking back, it was finding the right blend of the … [Read more...]

Rounding the Corner: Rome to Russia

The plane captain tells us before takeoff, look right, then left, at the beautiful city of New York. Total flying time to Madrid: 6 hours and 25 minutes. It could be bumpy. It's spring.  In Madrid, a woman overhears me telling a young opera singer, bound for Amsterdam on his first trip to Europe, that I’m traveling alone. Over coffee in the airport, she gives me two pieces of advice: always talk to strangers and always eat at the bar. It’s after midnight in Rome and I’m watching aging waiters close their Hosteria. They’ve left me a bottle of wine, a box of tissues, cookies, and a single chair. As one of them empties a bucket of dirty water into the planter boxes outside, he looks at me and says, “It's better this way. … [Read more...]