Sunday, June 20, 2021

Sunday Papers: Hunter S. Thompson


“The Edge...There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. The others-the living-are those who pushed their control as far as they felt they could handle it, and then pulled back, or slowed down, or did whatever they had to when it came time to choose between Now and Later. But the edge is still Out there.” 


On the turntable: Nick Cave, "B-Sides & Rarities"


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Exploring Osaka’s Museums


Last autumn, I was given a private tour of Osaka's five major museums, in order to write up a guidebook of sorts, as part of the preparations for 2025's World Expo. View it here: 


On the turntable:  Of Monsters and Men, "My Head is an Animal"


Sunday, May 23, 2021

Sunday Papers: Tony Vagneur


"The grief of a mother who loses a child is never gone, its dilution measured in minuscule drops."


On the turntable:  New Model Army,  "Live@Maxwells" 


Sunday, May 16, 2021

Sunday Papers: Rory MacLean


"In this serene space, unspoiled by the modern age, I consider the legacy of the 1960s travellers. Only a generation ago, English girls hitch-hiked alone across Iran. Free-spirited teenagers from Berlin and Boston were welcomed as honoured guests in Baghdad. The hundreds of thousands of footloose westerners, in flares and open-toe sandals, may have been the first movement of people in history who travelled to be colonised rather than to colonise. But their values and comparative wealth did change the places they visited. The host societies, especially those of rural Iran and Afghanistan, were for the most part defiantly conservative. I begin to wonder if the casual morality and humanism of those first independent travellers could have further polarised these countries, encouraging urban liberal minorities while insulting - even enraging - traditionalists and zealots. Might this not even have helped to stir the stern Islamic reawakening?"


On the turntable:  Chick Corea, "Now He Sings, Now He Sobs"


Sunday, May 09, 2021

Sunday Papers: Tony Russo


"A secret is a fact that's held prisoner."


On the turntable:  The Monkees, "The Birds, the Bees, and the Monkees"


Sunday, May 02, 2021

Sunday Papers: Ernest Hemingway


"The more I'm let alone and not worried the better I can function."


On the turntable:  Herbie Mann & Chick Corea, "The Complete Latin Band Sessions"


Wednesday, April 28, 2021



Wind on my cheeks,
Filling in spaces
On maps I once thought done.
On the turntable: Nick Drake, "Five Leaves Left"