Posts Tagged ‘postaweek2011’

samurai graffiti art on Bedford Ave and North 4th (detail)

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a gaijin. Gangster, I meant GANGSTER. But, you see, I’m gaijin. I’ve always been gaijin. And I think it’s about time that all writers claimed the word gaijin as their own.



an exercise in ideas on post it notes - Inha Leex Hale

“Writing sustains me. But wouldn’t it be more accurate to say that it sustains this kind of life? Which does not, of course, mean that my life is any better when I don’t write. On the contrary, at such times it is far worse, wholly unbearable, and inevitably ends in madness. This is, of course, only on the assumption that I am a writer even when I don’t write – which is indeed the case; and a non-writing writer is, in fact, a monster courting insanity.”
–Franz Kafka, to Max Brod, July 5, 1922

I’ve no idea how these fragments are all connected – but they are.

Identity Fraud

If I wasn’t a fraud or afraid…

Read this and shut up about not having time to write. It inspired me to write AND to tidy my room.

That night my brother put his typewriter on the radiator cover that we used as a shelf-like table in the bathroom. I didn’t know it was a radiator cover when I brought it in from the street corner and painted it yellow. He sat the typewriter at the edge, to face the toilet, and in black Sharpie, he neatly wrote: “Please Continue The Story.”

via Chloe Caldwell – WHERE I WRITE #5: Please Continue The Story – The

The real message is to keep going no matter what; even if it means letting everything else slide. You’re allowed to live in squalor and filth – so long as you WRITE!

These are some of my pictures of Japan, as featured in a recent photo essay on generationwhynot which was a lot of fun to do. I took hundreds of them when I was in Japan a few years back, with a camera that I’d procured the night before. I didn’t steal it, so much as borrow it at gunpoint. Then I taught myself how to use it on the plane, and I’ve been breaking the rules of composition ever since. Thanks again to Becky for having me on her blog. And don’t worry, I gave the camera back and have since bought one of my own!