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Richard Linklater

Favorite place: Rothko Chapel, in Houston.

My favorite place is the Rothko Chapel. It is the Citizen Kane of chapels—a different experience every time. Sometimes transcendent, sometimes foreboding, often exhilarating, occasionally tedious, each experience is a confluence of the natural light, the other visitors—if any—and your own mood in the moment. The one constant: total absorption into the dark, imposing Rothko canvases. What a combination of art and architecture! I try to visit every time I’m in Houston—it’s a habit I got into in the eighties. 

Linklater is a director and screenwriter whose movies include Dazed and Confused and the Before trilogy. His latest film, Boyhood, was released in July. He lives in Austin. 

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