{stanford} rodin @ the cantor

December 12, 2017

Located right next door to the Anderson Collection at Stanford is Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center. This dramatic building is curated more like a traditional museum. While the Cantor is quite large, I really hadn’t planned on staying in this museum that long because my entire plan was just to see the Rodin exhibit. I just love Rodin and remember going to the Rodin museum in Philadelphia as well as in Paris. This exhibit at the Cantor was just stuffed with Rodin creations as well as other pieces that contrasted it or were of a similar nature.

Oddly enough, even though I’ve been to so many Rodin exhibits and museums, this was the first time that I actually saw his most famous Thinker! That’s because the one in Paris was being fixed up and therefore covered when I was there! Being such a big Rodin fan, I was glad I finally got to see his most famous piece!

A Rodin photo adventure:


I had been hearing that the Anderson Collection at Stanford University is quite a nice place to visit to see some great art. Essentially the private collection of single family, it’s just incredible how much art these people had acquired, but even more incredible that we all get to see it for free! From what I understand, most of the collection stays in storage and they switch out what’s on display regularly. Of course, there are also some periodic special exhibits as well. This type of collection is always interesting to see because it’s not always based on a single artist or themed as strictly as at a museum. It’s also a place where art history students at Stanford get to have their write-ups about certain pieces be on display. Here’s a look at some of my favorite pieces there. My favorite was of the old man face in the water because it reminded me of another amazing piece on display at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

A Standford photo adventure:

[good reads] freedom

December 10, 2017

Recently, my friend recommended Freedom by Jonathan Franzen to me. I generally like to take  up my friends’ book recommendations because that’s the best way to find new books to read! This particular friend likes to read more science fiction, which I don’t particularly enjoy so I was a bit hesitant, but it turns out that this book he recommended is not science fiction at all. In fact, it’s just a fiction book about a family written in various voices in the point of view of the various important characters in the book including Patty, Walter, Joey, and Richard Katz. Patty is the main character who is married to Walter but has been in love with Katz since college when they met through a creepy mutual friend: Eliza. Joey is Patty and Walter’s son. They also have a daughter who is like Walter’s clone, but female. Things were great in Patty and Walter’s marriage until Joey moves out and everything falls apart! What a crazy book! It’s definitely a must read even if it rambles a bit, especially when it’s written in the voice of Patty who goes from crazy highs to crazy depressive states throughout the book.

Alameda has some very popular brunch spots that aren’t necessarily the best of the best, but area always good. I had never been to any of these since I don’t actually spend that much time in Alameda, but I was there one mid morning and decided to get some brunch. Neptune’s was recommended. This place is popular for its coffee and there even some people set up with their laptops outside working. We decided to eat inside though and didn’t end up having to wait too long for a table, which was great! We tried the Persian-Style Frittata and the Biscuit Benedict. I really liked the spices on the frittata and loved the texture of the biscuit (which was very melt-in-the-mouth). The (I assume to be) homemade hash brown was also on the top of my list, but that might just be because I’m biased and love hash browns!


Persian-Style Frittata

Biscuit Benedict