Welcome to my VHS childhood splattered in bronze chops. READ: Domo ArigaDIE!!! (Rooster Republic Press)
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It took years before I could actually understand (and LOVE) the humor of Downtown. This was the last New Year’s Eve special I watched before leaving the country. My wife and I watched the entire thing. And got it. For the first time in my life, I got it. Happy New Year! The premise is […]
File this one under, “FILMS THAT I RENTED AS A CHILD AND THAT SEEPED INTO MY SUBCONSCIOUS ONLY TO HAUNT ME YEARS LATER.” And I can’t even remember much about this film other than a kick-butt protagonist, a genetically modified army, and an evil scientist. Without watching the trailer again, I don’t even know if […]
One of my goals as a writer is to create fiction that goes beyond the art forms that have shaped my mind. To graft myself to them and construct something new. One of those forms are 80s and 90s films. We lived next to a “Superette,” a small convenience store in the middle of northern […]
The late Michael Hemmingson was an overarching inspiration for Domo ArigaDIE!!! Without spending those hours upon precious hours reading (and hunting down) his fiction, to time spent listening to his radio show (The Art of Dreaming), I don’t think ArigaDIE!!! would be the same book. Two points of obvious Hemmingson-inspired areas would be the idea […]
This was one of the films I watched as psychophysical research for Domo ArigaDIE!!! It was an act of sharpening the senses, heightening the way ninja magic actually flows. I don’t know how much of the actual story of this film actually seeped into the novella, but it’s butt-kicking ninja action glory certainly did. This […]
Whether he’ll ever know it or not (probably not), Ryuichi Sakamoto really helped my Japanese language studies. I used to listen to his podcast and just soak up his low tone of voice. His was the second voice (second to the singer Phew) that I fell into and deeply admired. Without that podcast my pronunciation […]
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It all starts with Merzbow. It’s always only about Merzbow, the beast. The animal. Merzbow is the noise creature who lurked through my childhood fevers, made me want to drop things on the ground on the cement in the basement and record the sound of things dropping: pitch shift, delay, distort, reverberate. I tried to […]
Derek Bailey’s guitar cuts straight to the heart. When I first saw this video of Bailey and Tanaka, I was instantly mesmerized by the performance space, the event itself, the music, and of course, the movements. I’ve been into Japanese Butoh dancing since 2003, but have never actually attempted it beyond the exercises for Butoh […]