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One Last Rock

My final post is more of a pebble than a rock. Mes, Tom. Agitator: The Cinema of Takashi Miike.  Fab Press Publication.  2003. A great book with essays analyzing the early years of Takashi Miike. I’m not sure I’ve ever had such… Continue Reading →

Kip Fulbeck’s Paper Bullets

Paper Bullets opens with a disclaimer of sorts.  Fulbeck tells us much of the book we’re about to read is a lie.  Don’t be angry.  He did it for our benefit. Fulbeck has written an audacious button-pusher of a book.  It’s… Continue Reading →

Frank Chin talks about his writing

There’s an off-hand reference to Frank Chin in Kip Fulbeck’s Paper Bullets that sent me down a YouTube hole searching Fulbeck, as well as Chin.  I feel you can gain insight from hearing an author’s actual voice and gain a better sense… Continue Reading →

The music of Joe Hisaishi

I just bought my tickets to see Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle on the big screen later this month.  A movie theater here in town has been screening one Miyazaki movie a month and I’ve been lucky enough to see all of them. … Continue Reading →

Home: Revisited

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, I’ve been thinking a lot about my family and the idea of “home” we’ve been focusing so much discussion on. Honestly, I’m pretty happy with how much final paper is coming along and I think… Continue Reading →

Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers

I was surprised to learn that Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers was a work of fiction as opposed to a memoir.  The book is filled with such pointed and vivid stories that I assumed it must be a memoir filled with Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s… Continue Reading →

The Arranger

I was reading a cool interview with Takashii Miike.  He describes himself as an “arranger” not an author.  I’ve been focusing on the content of his films that I’ve forgotten to look more broadly at the man himself.  It’s interesting… Continue Reading →

Mississippi Marsala

“What’s wrong with you, boy? Don’t you know the rules?” Mississippi Marsala is a romantic comedy of sorts that really tackles the subject of interracial dating head on.  We’re shown Romeo and Juliet style love story that, thankfully, doesn’t end quite… Continue Reading →

Blade of the Immortal

WARNING: Graphic Violence Takashi Miike’s 100th film was recently released here in the United States.  As he’s the focus of my final paper, I’m really looking forward to finally getting to see this.  Looks a little less ridiculous than some… Continue Reading →

“You guys are racist for laughing at that.”

One of my favorite characters on HBO’s Silicon Valley is Jin Yang played by Jimmy O. Yang.  Here’s one of his stand-up sets from when he appeared on Arsenio a few years ago.  He talks about being an Asian man at the beach,… Continue Reading →

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