morning coffee
politics

Stuff that keeps the panic away

Not completely away, if I’m honest. But far enough that, if I look with my spiritual eye — the one that can hardly see with because of older age and a bunch of other things — I can take that breath that lets me decide to look away. I’ve spent too much time looking too deeply into what being American actually means. And it broke a bunch of things in me. Some expectations gentled
life in tokyo

Japanese idols – my advice for the ‘girl next door’

Having once been in an alternative pop branch of the entertainment business in Japan, I still follow the business news, and I had a mildly disgusted reaction to a Nikkei Asian Review article about Japanese idols: The captivating 'girl next door' Mild because, well, who am I to tell these young ladies and gentlemen that what they're doing isn't admirable, that their fans are misguided, pathetic and sometimes creepy, and that