Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sunday Papers: Bruce Chatwin

"Patagonia is the farthest place to which man walked from his place of origins.  It is therefore a symbol of his restlessness."

On the turntable:  Jimmy Smith, "Fourmost"

Friday, February 15, 2019

Imbibing Bibliophile #62

In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
Roja IPA, Cerveza Hernando de Magallanes
On the turntable:  Jah Wobble, " I Could Have Been a Contender"

Monday, February 11, 2019

Imbibing Bibliophile #61

The Old Patagonia Express by Paul Theroux
(flight), Beagle Brewery
 On the turntable:  Jimmy Smith, "Damn!"

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Sunday Papers: William T. Brigham

"Old travellers know how soon the individuality of a country is lost when once the tide of foreign travel is turned through its town or its by-ways."

On the turntable: John Coltrane:  The Complete Prestige Recordings" 

Friday, February 08, 2019

Imbibing Bibliophile #60

      Patagonia, Moon Guides
Cape Pembroke Pale Ale, Falkland Beerworks

On the turntable: Jaco Pastorius, "Invitation"

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

A Great Wall

May 2005 

It was on a trip to Beijing.  Walking across one of the big open courtyards of the Forbidden City, my girlfriend at the time said something, and I knew at that moment that we could no longer be together.  We visited the Great Wall the following day, and none of my memories of that day seem to include her.  She had already begun to recede from my life. 

On the turntable:  Joni Mitchell, "Wembley Arena, 08-24-1984"

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Sunday Papers: Jorge Luis Borges

"Joseph Conrad could write that he excluded the supernatural from his work because to include it would seem a denial that the everyday was marvelous"

On the turntable: Joni Mitchell, "Night Ride Home"

Friday, February 01, 2019

Looking for the Lost on Kyoto’s Higashi-no-toin

Looking for the Lost on Kyoto’s Higashi-no-toin - the first Kyoto walk of the new year with Edward J. Taylor.

On the turntable:  Joni Mitchell, "Don Juan's Reckless Daughter"

Friday, January 18, 2019

Imbibing Bibliophile #59

Mani by  Patrick Leigh Fermor
Suruga Bay IPA, Baird Brewing Company
On the turntable: The Jam, "In the City"

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


Diving deeper into the timelessness of Nara. Standing before the array of deities on the altar of Akishino-dera. The Yakushi Buddha at center sits, as he has for 1300 years. I think of all that has happened since—all the wars, disasters, migrations, civilizations come and gone. And through it all he sits, right hand raised, palm forward, saying,  It ain’t nothing but a thing. All is okay.

On the turntable:  J. S. Bach, "Bach 2000"

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sunday Papers: Antoine de Saint Exupéry

"Idiots are very dangerous -- so are intelligent people, if they are in a group."

On the turntable:  Joni Mitchell, "Court and Spark"

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Road to Italy

The first post of the year, over at Provincial Perch...

On the nighttable W. Somerset Maugham, "Collected Short Stories, Vol. 4"
On the turntable:  Johnny Winter, "And Live"    


Tuesday, January 01, 2019