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± inventory of artifacts accumulated/shed in Gotham (post Ark Codex launch)

(In lieu of the standard trip report i bring you the following itemized lists of objects.)

(–) list of articles brought to NYC that didn't make the return trip to Rome:

  • cashed toothpaste tube
  • 1 pair of used black Nike Free 2.0 running shoes (purchased last year in NYC & used mostly as my lightweight travel running shoes)
  • 3 pairs of stretched-out & holey socks (wore & threw out)
  • 3 pairs of holey underwear with elastic stretched out (wore & threw out)
  • 3 worn & dirty T-shirts (one stained with ink & blood from being tattooed)
  • 1 old pair of skinny black jeans with widening hole in crotch
  • 1 pair of apple earbuds that broke
  • 5-6 pieces of art (sold or gifted)
  • 12 or so glass frames (not worth bringing back)
  • Jamestown by Matthew Sharpe (read on plane & left at R & T's house in Harlem)

baggage claim

(+) articles acquired in Gotham, unpacked from our luggage back home:

  • 2 army duffel bags to carry acquired possessions
  • 1 Chinese army satchel with red star
  • 3 baggage tags
  • a «Notice of Baggage Inspection» note slipped into our bag by the Dept of Homeland Security
  • 12 cans of Goya black beans
  • 12 cans of Hatch green chiles
  • 1 pair of Adidas Marathon 10
  • 1 pair of red Nike Free 2.0
  • 68 copies of Ark Codex ±0

ark codices

  • 28 copies of Sister Stop Breathing by Chiara Barzini
  • 9 copies of Divorcer by Gary Lutz
  • a belly full of sushi & tacos & bagels
  • 2-3 kilos of flesh (from eating more & running less)
  • 1 box of black quinoa
  • 1 box of pomegranate tea
  • 9 padded envelopes (leftover from not shipping so many review comps)
  • 1 pen from the Gem hotel
  • $3.15 credit on my NYC MetroCard (brought used card with me)
  • 12 folding wire stands/easels for displaying books/art
  • 1 bag of organic dried chipotles
  • 1 travel-sized Arm & Hammer toothpaste
  • 1 Burt's Bees hand creme
  • 1 Burt's Bees foot creme
  • 4 pairs of Adidas socks
  • 10 US dollars
  • some loose change
  • 1 stamp in passport
  • 1 tattoo (still scabby) of an anchor fractal on left shoulder (courtesy of Alex Sherker (should you be in need of ink, he's the one)):

fractal anchor tattoo

  • 1 tattoo of an ∞ (or 8) in brackets on my right wrist:

infinity tattoo

  • 1 tattoo of the phylogenetic tree of life on my shaved belly:

phylogenetic tree of life belly tattoo

  • 1 book light
  • 1 travel-sized conditioner (why is it hotels never have conditioner?)
  • 2 pairs of Muji boxer briefs
  • 2 pairs of UNIQLO boxer briefs
  • 2 (consolidated) containers of chewable multi-vitamins
  • 1 red Nike sweatband
  • 1 gray Adidas sweatband (couldn't find any like the one worn by Björn Borg)
  • 1 jar of Vietnamese red chili paste
  • 1 jar of chipotle pepper flakes
  • 1 jar of organic ground cinnamon
  • 1 tube of Carmex
  • a 16 GB ScanDisk Flashdrive
  • a «My Passport» 750 GB portable hardrive
  • 1 bottle of vanilla extract
  • Burning City: Poems of Metropolitan Modernity (thanks Johannes!)
  • Dalkey Archive's Best European Fiction 2012
  • The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus
  • Fence fall 2011
  • My Name Is Red by by Orhan Pamuk
  • New York Tyrant Vol. 3 N. 3 (even though the NY Tyrant himself blew me off for Florida or some such lame excuse)
  • Recollections of the Golden Triangle by Alain Robbe-Grillet
  • Book of Ruth by Robert Seydel
  • Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
  • And Yet ... by Rosaire Appel
  • Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner
  • Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty by Diane Williams
  • Suicide by Eduoard Levé
  • The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by José Saramago
  • Iskandariyah Skan by Ingo Giezendanner
  • The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker
  • Open City by Teju Cole (which i read in NYC & on the trip back—fitting as it's a Paul Austeresque sort of book that mostly takes place in Gotham (from the p.o.v. of a deadbeat Nigerian doctor that mostly walks around everywhere))
  • 1 pair of JVC earbuds
  • 2 handkerchiefs (1 white, 1 red)
  • 1 jar of cinnamon sticks
  • 1 jar of black sesame seeds
  • 1 pair of skinny black jeans from UNIQLO
  • 2 packets of cilantro seeds
  • 1 packet of habanero seeds
  • 1 packet of jalapeno seeds
  • 1 packet of «spicy micro greens mix» seeds  
  • the seeds for Arcodex i (a sequel to Ark Codex ±0) planted in my head
  • satisfaction & sense of closure at having launched Ark Codex ±0 & all its associated memories (i brought a camera with me to nyc but forgot to bring it anywhere so don't have pictures of either event, though someone from Sentimalist magazine captured some «shitty photos» of Tempers):


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