New York Systems

I'm David. I live in Astoria. During the day I work at a startup. Other times I visit bookstores.
This blog is my curio collection, sort of. I'll have a place of my own for essays... someday.

it does not matter but it says a lot:


in the last few days i’ve been commenting a lot on my mental health and in that time i’ve lost 113 followers. 
on a place which i consider a network of support and understanding.

that’s people i used to know from real life, too, people i considered reasonably close to me

that’s also people who used to make me laugh and who i appreciated

thank you for teaching me to shut up, is what i’m saying

It was not long after his death in Marfa that Ambrose Bierce was killed near the village of Icamole when he and an Indian muleteer were the only ones who didn’t escape as Villa’s forces overran a party of government soldiers driving a mule train loaded with arms.


The Bus | Paul Kirchner | Via

Hey, I’m under 3-shots-per-hole.


I’ll never be able to fit all the photos I like from our Croatian zoomening on Biorequiem, so I’ll be dumping the ones that don’t make it into my long posts here as time permits. Here are my first impressions of the trip, in Photo Flurry 143 - Dalmatian Holiday.


Nov. 28, 1923: Liquor and beers were examined by J. W. Quillen, the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s chief chemist, who determined that only two of the thousands of bottles in this warehouse weren’t terrible moonshine counterfeits. Three years later, Mr. Quillen was quoted in The New York Times warning against future deaths from poisonous alcohol. At the time, the government had taken up the practice of denaturing alcohol in order to prevent its being bootlegged. Nevertheless, bootleggers sought to “renature” alcohol, and weird elixirs started finding their way into beverages and killing people. “The Government, according to the chemist, formerly used in denaturing a formula known as No. 6, which was believed to be deadly,” reported The Times. “Very recently, Mr. Quillen said, he has been receiving samples of beverages which contain wood alcohol, and no bootlegger has yet been able to get rid of the poison in that.” Photo: The New York Times