Archive for January, 2014

Photo data, from the top. 1) Dada shows up for a part-time job advertising for a pachinko parlor.  (Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, Fuji 400 Superia) 2) Seafood restaurant in the Tenjinbashi-suji Shotengai. (Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, Fuji 400 Superia) 3) Whity shopping town in Umeda. (Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, Fuji 400 Superia) 4) Gyoza restaurant […]

It’s taken me long enough, but I’ve finally gotten around to uploading a few photos from the 100 Thousand Poets for Change event held in Kyoto last September.  You can read more about the 100 Thousand Poets for Change project here. From the top of the page (and not particularly in reading order):  Kiyoko Ogawa […]

pure poetry


Sometimes the hats in Japan read like they’ve been written by the Flarf manifesto* itself.  I imagine a strange factory in which Flarfists engage in needlepoint fistfights as they stitch together hats that float through crowds like boats carrying a cargo of secret, conceptual language. UNNAMED BRAVE MAN NOBLE SPIRIT BOAST IT STAYS HERE Or […]



Friend and former student Hiroki Iwai surprised me toward the end of last year when he sent me a copy of this wonderful portrait he painted, which is — I think — based on this photograph.  He painted the portrait using an iPad, but unlike some iPad paintings that revel in technique and photo-realistic emulation, […]

2014 begins the Year of the Horse in Japan.  Celebrities born in the Year of the Horse apparently include Louisa May Alcott, Chopin, Davy Crockett, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Sandra Day O’Connor, Rembrandt, Teddy Roosevelt, Sir Isaac Newton, Barbara Streisand, Cindy Crawford, Cynthia Nixon, Denzel Washington, Harrison Ford, Jason Biggs, Jackie Chan, Jerry Seinfeld, John […]