Archive for the ‘Wiki-adventures’ Category

Kogyaru Moms?!

20Dec07

Typical gyarus in Shibuya. An interesting article in the Japan Times writes about what happens to kogyaru (or sometimes kogal) after the party ends– basically when they become mothers.  Not surprisingly, the picture isn’t pretty. If you’re wondering what a kogyaru is, see this Wikipedia article exhaustively discussing this interesting Japanese subculture.  You can also […]


I picked up the hardcover book Japan Crafts Sourcebooks from the “Artists and Fleas” market in Williamsburg on Saturday the 29th. It was only $10 although it was listed at $40 on the inside cover, and even Amazon.com has only used copies for $26 or so. The book was produced by the Japan Crafts Forum […]


I was trying to find the ending theme song from Pee Wee’s Playhouse on the internet after, for some reason, recalling it today.  As a kid, I used to love watching the show on Saturday mornings, bouncing on the couch to the theme song.  I searched and searched for it, but couldn’t find it online […]


I downloaded from Emusic last night, some Paul Robeson songs. A theater down the street from me in Clinton Hill is named after him, and a recent blogger from my hood writes about it briefly. I’ve never been inside, but Clintonhillblog.com has pictures of the inside of the historic church turned theather. I had never […]


Thomas Merton and Kenneth Rexroth. Morgan Gibson and Charles Olson. While reading 39 Microlectures by Goulish, I came across the name of Thomas Merton. I didn’t know anything about him, so I looked him up in Wikipedia. He was a famous theologian who died accidently in 1968 by electrocution on a poorly grounded fan in […]


Doppelgänger

29Aug07

Another wiki-adventure. Today’s is on doppelgänger. This has been an important inspiration for literature. Wikipedia says: “They are generally regarded as harbingers of bad luck. In some traditions, a doppelgänger seen by a person’s friends or relatives portends illness or danger, while seeing one’s own doppelgänger is an omen of death. In Norse mythology, a […]


Text and Space

27Aug07

I received in the mail at work, the Alfred Kazin book A Walker in the City. It’s a great paperback edition from 1958, with illustrations throughout by Marvin Bileck. I got interested in the book after reading a recent story in the New York Times by Nicole Krauss about walking. I went to the New […]


Illustration based on Plato’s description of Atlantis. Numerous stories in the past have reported on what appear to be ruins of a submerged city in the Okinawan island chain. Reuters dredges up more news about it in an interview with Professor Masaaki Kimura of Ryukyu University. The video footage and shots of the ruins weren’t […]


Eunuchs

24Aug07

Freud: “Michelango wouldn’t have been possible without sublimination.” B: Is this why eunuchs were castrated? Pursuing this train of thought led me on another Wiki-adventure. I looked up eunuchs today. The entry was interesting and traced the history of eunuchs in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, where the practice was most widespread. According to […]