Monday, July 31, 2017


I'm off to America for three weeks.  Blogging will be light to non-existent.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Totally Wired

The Fall, "Brillo De Facto"

Does the world really need a new Fall album?  Not really, but so what.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Chicken Soup For The Insanely Ridiculous Heat And Humidity

Daegu, South Korea.

Here's my first bowl of samgyetang, ginseng-chicken soup, of the summer.  I still think boiling a whole chicken rather than frying or roasting it is a waste of good poultry, but the overall experience has grown on me.  I’ve lived here long enough to appreciate how a bowl of steaming hot soup can actually cool you down on a ridiculously hot day.  And a few shots of ginseng liquor helped out.

The inside of that little fellow is stuffed with rice which kind of melts down into a porridge, along with jujubes.



I'm off to America next week for summer vacation.  This week was the last of my adult courses, so this being Korea I've had a lot of free meals lately.  Yesterday was cold soy bean soup with some outrageous mushroom pancakes, tonight is good ol' chicken and beer, and tomorrow for lunch it's the traditional hot-weather dish samgyetang, or ginseng-chicken soup.

In my humble opinion, samgyetang is kind of a waste of chicken.  It's boiled.  Boiled chicken is about as boring a protein as possible.  But then again, the overall experience with friends kind of elevates the whole thing a bit, as does a shot of ginseng-infused liquor.

Fried chicken is always welcome, of course.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

"a conversation that I've never really stopped having"

A very cool Pitchfork interview with Jonathan Lethem.  On The Beatles:
"It’s a conversation that I’ve never really stopped having with my mother. After she died, I just kept having it in my head. For her, living through those transformations, it was like night and day, like when Dorothy goes from black-and-white to color in The Wizard of Oz. She was like, 'Once you’ve heard Sgt. Pepper and everything that came after, how could you ever care about those early Beatles records?' It was part of her coming of age—discovering sex and drugs was concurrent with the Beatles going from being square, short haired, black-and-white pop stars to being these revelatory counterculture geniuses.
She kept trying to nudge me into the paisley world. But I felt and still feel that the songs on the brink are better—Revolver and Rubber Soul—which, of course, are the records being pillaged for Yesterday and Today. To me, 'Day Tripper' was the greatest song that anyone had ever created. I loved the convulsive energy and slang. It’s got this great double reverse where John Lennon is trying to catch up with her, but he doesn’t know the lingo. If only he’d known, if only he’d got the memo—she was a Day Tripper, but it took him so long to find out."

Friday, July 21, 2017

Some Humble Thoughts On The State of Democracy In The United States

Either Trump and his crime family go down or America is over. It's as simple as that.

Just How Old and Lame and Boring Is James?

I got offered free tickets to tonight’s Samsung Lions game and I turned them down.
Even for a night game, the thought of sitting outside for three hours in Daegu’s heat and humidity without air-conditioning literally frightens me.
All the cold beer in the world can’t fix it, and I don't take the power of cold beer lightly.