May 19, 2011

the burning house

If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It’s a conflict between what’s practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question.

Name: Luca Mariani
Age: 33
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Occupation: Director


  • Mamiya RB67
  • Coconut broken with my head
  • Macassino Blanco by Gonzalo Malaga
  • Wood cow used to make my short film MATU
  • Barbie Glitter Head
  • Jack Daniel’s with moustaches
  • Toy gun
  • Snowglobe of Milan

Name: Lauren Spisak
Age: 34
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Occupation: Massage therapist; blogger; lover; mad genius
List: (clockwise-ish from top)
• Egon Schiele picture. The one thing in my apartment that would remind me of my apartment and how much I adore it.
• Tiny notebook I keep of the little things I see and experience that bring me joy.
• Franny & Zooey. One of my favorite books and a stand-in for three other things I would take with me which would be:
• My cats—Franny, Zooey, and Esme.
• My box of finished, unfinished, and half-finished writing. Under it:
• My laptop computer.
• My wallet.
• My passport.
• My box of incense and old love notes.
• My camera.
• A pair of pants and a shirt. (In case I happen to be sleeping in the nude when the fire breaks out.)
• Condom. A person should always be prepared.
• Photos. As many as I could possibly carry.

Name: Jamie Apostolou
Location: New York City

Occupation: Engineer



  • Destroyed Barbour Beaufort
  • Vintage Arsenal FC scarf
  • New South Wales club tie
  • Oil on canvas ship painting - gift from Grandmother
  • Aidan Gill shaving brush
  • Antique British maritime crest
  • WWII French Adrian helmet
  • September 1960 LIFE Magazine featuring PAPA
  • Book gifted from Great Grandmother - The Power of Positive Thinking
  • US Passport
  • Hamilton Khaki Mechanical with canvas band
  • Brass bottle opener acquired from Dutch sailor
  • Glasses - Austrian frames, prescription lenses
  • RL loafers
  • Vintage L.L. Bean duffle


  1. Very interesting take... Why no money??? or credit cards....Lauren's I like the best.. Definitely a gal prepared! (condom)...:-)

  2. Pretty sure I'd just grab my external hard drive.