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Misadventures, Libraries, Hostels

Hipster hobo mode

by Christine Herrin

Tokyo — It was an empathy test of sorts.1 See, a few hours before, I had gotten really sick on an overnight bus from Osaka.2Reeeaaaally sick. Sick enough to warrant an unplanned stop, several embarrassed bows from me, and our bus conductor pulling out his phone with Google Translate. We have break now. You need help? it said. (Aww.) I nodded and managed to hobble off the bus before sprinting in the snow...

Old Age, Creativity

When New Life Springs from the Old

by David Wade Chambers

Olinda — Grandma Moses notwithstanding, much could be said about why creativity blossoms mainly in the young and then declines with age. To put it in several nutshells: increasing responsibilities at home and...

City Tales, film

We were paying homage to Chris Marker (1921-2012), a reclusive filmmaker, in Shinjuku Golden Gai.

by Shu Kuge

新宿区 — Christophe, my friend from Paris, was in the city. After dinner, we visited “Shinjuku Golden Gai” to find a bar where Chris Marker used to hang out. Years ago, Christophe and I became friends through ...

photography, Travel, Architecture

Heaven Beside You

by Conor MacNeill

Solna — Vreten Tunnelbana metro station on the blue line in Stockholm, with art by Takashi Naraha called Himmelen av kub (The Heaven of Cube). When exploring the metro with Dave Morrow, I discovered that som...

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