Archive for January, 2011

In his book Cognitive Variations, G.E.R. Lloyd discusses the Russian word toska, a word that denotes the feeling that one gets when “one wants some things to happen and knows they can’t happen.”  It’s like a kind of nostalgia for a future that one already knows will never come to pass.  This strikes me as […]


I’ve got to give special thanks to my friend Jesse Garcia for turning me on to two (possibly three) of these videos, including the incredible Story from North America, a collaboration between Kirsten Lepore (animation) and Garrett Davis (animation and music).  What I love most about Story from North America is the way that it […]


For several months now I’ve been reading through The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan, a wonderful book in every way, but perhaps especially enjoyable to me because of all the poems related to people that I’ve had long love affairs of fascination with (the incredible Joe Brainard, for example), as well as all the poets […]


Not only do I love this kitsune mask that was given to me for Christmas, but I’ve also recently been interviewed by the fabulous folks at Petals and Bones (who are kind enough to refer to me as “a literary virtuoso and photographic heart throb”).  They also claim that I have “an almost conjoined, marsupial-like […]


2011 is the Year of the Rabbit and I ushered in the New Year by watching Kohaku Uta Gassen (紅白歌合戦) down at the Hartland with a few friends, downing quite a bit of champagne and gold-flecked nihonshu at midnight, and then belting out a very raspy karaoke rendition of “I Am the Walrus” before heading […]


Since the experimental dance group KIKIKIKIKIKI recently held a collaborative performance with Golden Finance, I’ll use that connection to revisit an amazing performance I saw at Kyoto’s Urban Guild about a year ago when KIKIKIKIKIKI teamed up with Pao.  Pao is a group that specializes in modal improvisation based around simple melodic riffs and drifting […]