The Eastern Education of an uninformed Westerner “Shinto sees nature as the divinity itself.” (Palmer & Finlay. 2003) A cityscape positioned precariously on the precipice. A fortified mecha of steel and titanium conjured up by the delirious minds of men hell-bent on innovation and security. The first-line of protection against seemingly incredulous acts of malevolence. … More A Lesson in Divinity and the Mountains that Moved before Me.
“But it wasn’t a dream. This was a real, truly live place. And I remember that some of it wasn’t very nice – but most of it was beautiful. But just the same.” I’ve successfully surrounded myself with my collected remnants of home: Scully and Mulder stand pensively on screen, a blanket from my Birmingham … More “There’s no place like home, Toto.”
Two weeks in and my biggest take-away thus far is that homesickness is inevitable. Manageable, but inevitable. Did I expect anything less? Fuck no. I love my family and I love my cats and being away from them for any extended period of time sucks warm dicks. I’m also pretty fond of beds that have … More My First Two Weeks in Sapporo (Kinda, not really)
I’m more than 11 months deep into 21. Most would still regard that to be in the realms of relative youth, but fuck I’m feeling old. I’m poised on the precipice of the biggest event in my life thus far, of that I have no doubt, yet I don’t feel like it’s an achievement. Perhaps … More I don’t write enough, so let’s change that with a dose of honesty and introspection.
Laura Palmer: “I’ll see you again in 25 years.” “Different strokes for different folks.” Before Twin Peaks, my exposure to David Lynch’s terrifyingly abstract brand of storytelling was limited to a screening of Eraserhead during a University lecture. The cerebral and surreal portrayal of the human condition … More TWIN PEAKS: “I’m late to everything…” Vol. 1
Did Nintendo meet our lofty expectations, or do we feel as in the dark about their new handheld-home console hybrid as we did before their Tokyo conference? I talk about the divisive presentation, and how I feel it could’ve been improved. I think I, like most people, were fairly (cautiously?) optimistic coming into the Switch presentation. … More NINTENDO SWITCH PRESENTATION
I’ve prepared myself for the end of Studio Ghibli on numerous occasions, although Hayao Miyazaki doesn’t seem to quite grasp the concept of retirement. He’s flirted with the idea before, but things seemed pretty final after his Oscar nominated swansong The Wind Rises in 2013, with his company partner Isao Takahata, also bowing out some … More Studio Ponoc: Studio Ghibli’s Second Coming?