Tuesday, August 30, 2016

We Don't Need Another Hero

It occurs to me that the world could use fewer heroes and more leadership.
I'd define a hero as someone who acts bravely (and most often foolishly) when things get out of control. Better leadership would prevent that loss of control in the first place.

On the turntable:  Bodkin, "Bodkin"

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Papers: Robert Hughes

"Cultures do grow old, and sometimes one of the ominous signs of this can be their frustrated desire to look young."

On the turntable:  Blur, "Best of Blur"
On the nighttable:  Robert Hughes, "Rome"

Friday, August 26, 2016

Nakasendo Waypoints #91

There is a step
Inside the step,
Along familiar paths.

On the turntable:  Babylon Circus, "Demo No. 1"

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Nakasendo Waypoints #90

Red rivulets
Race like snakes toward 
A Kiso swelled by storm.


On the turntable:  Babes in Toyland, "Painkillers"

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Papers: Goethe

"I shall never rest until I know that all my ideas are not derived from hearsay or tradition, but from my real living contact with the things themselves."

On the turntable: Boston, "Boston"

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Upon the valley wall
Stone softens to green,
As the jungle awaits.

On the turntable:  Barry White, "All-time Greatest Hits"

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sunday Papers: Napolean Bonaparte

"History is a set of lies agreed upon."

On the turntable:  Bruce Springsteen, "The River"

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Sunday Papers: R. Taggart Murphy

"One might even go so far as to say that success in Japan was determined by one's ability not to notice contradictions."

On the turntable: Aimee Mann, "Whatever"

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Toyo Ito and the Depth of Minimalism

The architecture series over at ZenVita has expanded beyond a triptych.  The latest:


On the turntable:  BB King, "Blues on the Bayou"