Sunday, August 22, 2021

Sunday Papers: Martha Gellhorn


"Amateur travel always used to be a pastime for the privileged; now it is a pastime for everyone.  Perhaps the greatest social change since the Second World War is the way citizens of the free nations travel as never before in history.   We have become a vast floating population and an industry; we are essential to many national economies not that we are therefore treated with loving gratitude, more as if we were gold-bearing locusts."


On the turntable:  Johnny Cash, "American Recordings"

Sunday, August 08, 2021

Sunday Papers: Jeff Fuchs


"Morning is the time when all is possible again, and when the mind is pliant and vulnerable and has a touch of amnesia of all that came before."

On the turntable:  Guy Clark, Joe Ely, John Hiatt & Lyle Lovett, "2005-11-18"


Sunday, July 25, 2021

Sunday Papers: William Goldman


"Shooting is just the factory putting together the car."  

--On film production

On the turntable:  Emmylou Harris, "Songbird"

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Structures of Kyoto



Quite happy to have been a part of this project, amongst a bevy of very talented people.

Details here:


On the turntable:  Flatt & Scruggs, "The Foggy Mountain Boys, 1959-1963"  

Sunday, July 04, 2021

Sunday Papers: Peter DeVries


"If we can think of this great country of ours as polarized between two sets of James Brothers, Frank and Jesse at one end and Henry and William at the other, why, we begin to get some sense of the enormous spectrum in between."


On the turntable: Norah Jones, "The Fall"

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"