Last weekend, I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge to DUMBO for the Under the Bridge Festival. Here are some pics from a tranny rock show I wandered into.
Beck: The Information
My latest Amazon acquisition. I don’t usually buy CDs anymore, but this one comes with stickers to make your own album art and a DVD of all the tracks. Plus, I had an Amazon gift certificate from my credit card rewards points.
The review haiku:
Genre is Beck’s whore
Hip hop trailer trash bitch slap
Rimbaud with a beat
I found out the other day that my building, in NYC on Broadway between Franklin and Leonard, is a historical landmark. It housed one of the portrait studios of Matthew Brady, a famous American Civil War-era photographer, from 1853-1860, which means that the building itself must be at least 150 years old.
A self portrait of Matthew Brady circa 1875:
An etching of what the interior of my building looked like during Brady’s day:
Some more links about Brady and 359 Broadway:
Here are two self-portraits that I took of myself posing in front of my roommate Tasha’s painting, which hangs in the living room of our loft:
Here’s a very interesting article that sums up the idea that Japan is a rich country with a relatively low standard of living. That is to say that the nation is affluent because the citizenry put in long hours and live in cramped, uncomfortable apartments. I can definitely identify with this having lived in Japan for 3 years.
Not too much to report on the personal front. I was doing some web research this morning for work for Japanese university recruiting contacts and I came across the article above.
I do miss Japan a little, but I love my new job and my big city life in NYC.
Next Monday is Columbus Day in the US, a day that perpetuates a hegemonic myth that justifies and even celebrates colonialism, imperialism and genocide.
To find out more about why we should protest the holiday: