Sunday, December 04, 2016

Sunday Papers: George Orwell

"In all novels about the East the scenery is the real subject-matter."

On the turntable: The Kyoto Connection, "Kyoto Soundscapes"
On the nighttable:  George Orwell, "The Road to Wigan Pier"

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday Papers: Robert MacFarlan

"Before you become a writer you must first become a reader.  Every hour spent reading is an hour spent learning to write."

On the turntable: Bruce Springsteen, "Darkness on the Edge of Town"

Friday, November 25, 2016

Mukaijima, Innoshima, Ikuchijima

Number Five in the Inland Sea series at Japan Visitor.

On the turntable: M-Base Collective, "M-Base Collective featuring Cassandra Wilson Live"

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday Papers: Robert Shelton

"Woody (Guthrie) hit the road at seventeen, and the road kept hitting him back."

On the turntable:  Ben Harper, "Diamonds on the Inside"


Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Yellow leaves
Shown no regard
By men in grey suits.

On the turntable:  Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, "Summer in the Southeast"
On the nighttable:  Knut Hamsun, "Wayfarers"


Monday, November 14, 2016


A lesson in the habits of air:

Nocturnal Autumn wind
Dances with the steam
Upon hot spring waters.

On the turntable:  Beck, "Mellow Gold"
On the nighttable:  George Orwell, "Coming up for Air"

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday Paper: Honore de Balzac

"This is why the Orient boasts so few writers. One lives too much in oneself to have anything left of the self to hand out to others. What is the point of thought, there, where all is feeling?"

On the turntable:  Bob Dylan, "Going Going Guam"