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Archive for June, 2009

New York Cheat Sheet: Chelsea

June 30th, 2009

Chelsea . Chelsea’s borders run approximately from W. 14th to the Mid 20′s and from the Hudson River to 6th Av.  The land was originally owned by Cpt. Thomas Clarke, who named his estate after the Chelsea Royal Hospital, a center set up for aged and infirmed British soldiers.  The area was developed as a residential [...]

The Mike Varley Plain Dealer, Volume III, Issue II

June 28th, 2009

I’ve decided to start posting my regular quarterly email updates on the site.  Most of of have already seen this, but for those who haven’t, I use it to update friends on my art life, personal life, and any interesting developments I fancy. Friends, Welcome to another edition of the Mike Varley quarterly.  Lots of [...]

Election ’08 Manifesto

June 26th, 2009

As most of you know, I recently completed work on my first album, “The Events of Election ’08″.  It is a series of orations covering the presidential campaign from an angle different from any blog post or CNN graphic.  For the uninitiated, the album website ( can fill you in on more of the practicals. [...]

Six Word Stories: Bill Callahan

June 25th, 2009

Faith/Void is a miracle song.

New York Cheat Sheet: Greenwich Village

June 23rd, 2009

This is a new, regular series of entries called “New York Cheat Sheet.”  Once a week I’ll highlight a different neighborhood in New York City, with history, architecture, points of interest and more.  We’ll start with Greenwich Village.  I hope you enjoy. Greenwich/West Village Settled by the Dutch as a tobacco farm and known as [...]

Art Update: “Brooklyn, 2009″

June 19th, 2009

There’s a new painting in the art section: “Brooklyn, 2009.”  I invite you to check it out. regards, varley

Six Word Stories: The Summer Solstice

June 18th, 2009

Pitchers of sunlight yield tumbling darkness.

Six Word Stories: John & Kate Plus Eight

June 11th, 2009

Who gets the centipede baby-bjorn?