Tag Archives: Japan

Octopus for Christmas

December 25, 2013 No, not salmon, that eminently respectable candidate for a fishetarian dinner.  Octopus instead, still exotic and dubious-looking in this part of the world, but a common food staple in Japan and throughout the Mediterranean: in Spain, Portugal, … Continue reading

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Frank Stella re-mediates Moby-Dick

December 28, 2011 The numbers speak for themselves.   Begun in 1985, the Moby-Dick series is still ongoing, with one or more artworks corresponding to each of the 135 chapter titles, over 300 of them at this point.  They are mostly … Continue reading

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Joanne Kyger and Gary Snyder

November 23, 2011 ‘The name is Joanne Kyger, yes, with a “y.”   As in “Tyger! Tyger! burning bright.”  She was with the Beats.   And she knew some Japanese — she’d learned it when she went to Kyoto with her … Continue reading

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