Archive of ‘Family Stories’ category

BOLIVIA’S FIRST MODERNIST BUILDING

I am in possession of two curious drawings made my by father in late 1939. They are cartoon sketches of Pouqui and Mouqui, the love names my parents gave each other. The drawing shows them settled into their apartment in La Paz, Bolivia. Furniture and personal effects are carefully labeled in French. By naming these […]

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NAKASHIMA’S ROOF

  When I went to interview Mira Nakashima, the daughter of the famous craftsman, George Nakashima, I had the sense of stepping into another world, completely removed from the bold urban sculptures and structures I had been documenting. A small woodland hamlet, informed by the Japanese aesthetic, is the site of the George Nakashima Woodworker […]

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THE DUELLIST

As a boy Pali Weidlinger was forced to take fencing lessons.  He was never much of a sportsman… and he absolutely loathed fencing. In the 1930s duels were still frequent in Hungary.  Being good with a foil or a sabre ensured that you would be able to defend your honor.  Among university students dueling scars […]

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ZSA ZSA GABOR’S CAR

Paul was born into an upper-middle class Jewish family. There were firm expectations about who he should become. He told me: “I had the feeling that my future was completely planned by my family. They knew what I should do and who I should marry and I think that was part of my rebellion.” Young […]

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EARLIEST MEMORY

My father’s earliest memory is of lying on a red Persian carpet under a brown dining table.  He is three years old. He is trying to decipher the symmetrical patterns in the carpet… as if they signified something; something hidden, yet knowable.  He tries to explain this to his mother but he lacks the words.  […]

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