Technology Creates a Pleasant Wonders

Modern hairstyles [Being a robo-translation of the entire hacking on a parked domain I'd forgotten I owned] [emphasis mine] If you are a fashionable bride and always adhere to, including at his own wedding, modern style, then offer you some advice on choosing and create a hairstyle for the wedding. Grooming – it’s always playing [...]

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Siobhan’s art show with grass

For people in the homeland, my friend Siobhan Byrns has a gallery show at the Loudoun House, an outpost of the Lexington Art League. I recommend it highly, not because she is my friend, but because she is a damn fine artist. My friends who are not damn fine artists, I try not to talk [...]

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The Way of the World

Churches. Nicolas Bouvier’s travel book The Way of the World ends slipping away: That day, I really believed that I had grasped something and that henceforth my life would be changed. But insights cannot be held for ever. Like water, the world ripples across you and for a while you take on its colors. Then it [...]

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City Ways

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The Perennial Photography

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Beer, Art and Philosophy by Tom Marioni

Tom Marioni left Cincinnati as a young man to do conceptual art in San Francisco. Then he wrote a memoir that ends (close to) here: I don’t like to sound pedantic but I believe art is a poetic record of the culture with the power to inspire people to a spiritual awareness. I also think [...]

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Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein

When did selling people as sex slaves become “human trafficking?”  How awful it’s common enough to get its own euphemism. Jake Adelstein uncovers the reality behind the euphemism in his memoir and expose, Tokyo Vice. He’s the only American ever to work as a beat reporter in Japanese, covering crime for the Yomiuri. It seems [...]

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JD’s gone, one more round, JD’s gone

Salinger died.  Just four books and fragments we know of. As Sontag said, the point’s not to keep writing books.  It’s to write a book that lasts. I got split as a teen not by the Catcher but Franny & Zooey, all sure on breath and falling out of the world.  Now I think I’ll go [...]

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Good-Bye by Tatsumi

This review of Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s Good-Bye first appeared in the January 2009 issue of The Comics Journal (#295). A few things have changed since then– Tatsumi’s book A Drifting Life has won some acclaim home & abroad, but my read of his work’s the same. *** Using ink and metaphor like cudgels, Yoshihiro Tatsumi never [...]

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Jason Epstein on the Book Apocalypse

Jason Epstein ran Vintage Books and Anchor, co-founded the NYRB.  Lately he’s involved with the company behind the Espresso Book Machine, a POD device, and appeared on Charlie Rose with a slump when forced to admit that yes, many (most) book industry jobs are just about obsolete. He looks far less uncomfortable than the superannuated [...]

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Continental Shelf

I fell for Nouvelle Vague movies for the shelves… …thinking, “everyone in France must have shelves in their walls. Truly a land of wonders.”  So Virginia Gardiner’s profile of a French apartment in Dwell magazine reminds me of them in no small way: Gardiner compares the rhythmic boxes and white spaces between to comics panels.  [...]

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