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On Inspiration, Unemployment, and the Right Answers

When I was working in retail, people would always ask how I was. I knew they were just asking to be polite, but if I was having a particularly bad day, sometimes I’d ask them if they wanted the real answer or the right answer. 953 more words


"Which Came First The Chicken Or The Egg?" Thoughts on Angel's Egg

Angel’s Egg (天使のたまご Tenshi no Tamago)

(Japanese OVA 1985)

Directed By Mamoru Oshii

Illustrated By Yoshitaka Amano

Warning: Spoilers! 

Angel’s Egg is a Japanese OVA directed by Mamoru Oshii and illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano. 1,381 more words


What's Missing From Cookbook Reviews

My post at Aesthetics for Birds on What’s Missing From Cookbook Reviews:

“Read enough cookbook reviews, and you’ll start to notice a curious gap. Cookbook reviews mostly focus on how the recipes turn out — how tasty the dishes are, or how authentic they are. 145 more words


Review: Jessica Schneider’s The Architecture of Loss

At a mere 80 or so pages, Jessica Schneider’s novella – The Architecture of Loss – manages to achieve much within its short length. Although, being an early work of hers, it sets up many of her favorite tropes and themes that would be further refined in later works – that fact does not prevent it from being singularly unique due to the countless innovations held within and the sheer beauty of the prose. 2,221 more words


Beautiful things

This week I attended my second complete old Mass, which I intend to do once a month or so. I wrote a post about my first attendance a couple of months ago but deleted it since it was pretty much just a rant about how irritated I get with the bad aesthetic tradition of the new Mass, even if I think it is superior on paper. 163 more words

Choral Music

Amorphis - The Karelian Isthmus (1992)

It probably shouldn’t be surprising how quickly Amorphis departed from the death/doom metal that fills The Karelian Isthmus, given how many bands similarly morphed into more standard rock combos… but it is! 508 more words