Now Tsukiji, Now You Don’t

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Photographs by Bahag de Guzman Words by Erin Emocling “Now Tsukiji, Now You Don’t” is an accidental photo-series that explores a closed-for-the-day Tsukiji Fish Market: a visually saturnine preview of its scheduled relocation in preparation for the Olympics in Tokyo on 2020. You’re standing in the middle of this alleyway, living in the present, and […]

Ten Cities – Where the Literary Meets the Beat – Goethe Institut

TC - Johannesburg - Concert - Dokta Spizee - ╕ Masimba Sasa

TEN CITIES, brought to you by the Goethe-Institut, is a journey of musicians and writers. It is musical research project that brings together 50 DJs, producers and musicians from the ten cities (BERLIN BRISTOL CAIRO JOHANNESBURG KYIV LAGOS LISBON LUANDA NAIROBI NAPLES…& EVENTUALLY WORLDWIDE), enabling them to cooperate and produce music together. Guided by ten […]

The Resurrection of the Unoriginal Spawns A Revival of Mogwai

Dybbuk, the dislocated soul of the dead, Illustration by Ephraim Moshe Lilien.

Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, (29) And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.                   […]

Wall Street, The Crack-Up Edition – Pop Zeitgeist

Pool Party Still from The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese 2013

There’s no nobility in poverty. I’ve been a poor man, and I’ve been a rich man. And I choose rich every fucking time. The most surprising quality of The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese’s epic about yuppie-broker-asshole apotheosis is not that it might be the best movie of 2013, but that it might be […]

Pop Zeitgeist – A Great Society for the Hundred-Percenters

Is Utopia a dream of sleeping fools?

What is it about storytellers’ imagination that it is inspired by the dystopian rather than the utopian? Dystopian novels are intriguing, for sure, and they reconfigure our social, political, and economic failings in a contextualized environment. They are literary caveats, Cassandra-like parables about what our world could become if we give in to our fears […]

The Best Documentaries of 2013 – Why Blackfish Matters

Blackfish Film Poster, Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Magnolia Pictures

While Hollywood languishes inside of digitized cliché and regressive idolatry of the almighty dollar, the collective work of internationally-based documentary film makers only seems to improve year after year. Is it access to better and more easily functional technology or access to better and more compelling stories? What we used to revere as The News, […]

Ainu an Exhibition from Laura Liverani

Ainu

AINU (2009- 2013) photographs by Laura Liverani The Ainu, the native people of Japan, were officially recognized as an ethnicity in 2008, after more than a century of discrimination and oppression which almost completely effaced their language, society and culture. Today several individuals and groups across Japan are involved in Ainu rights, cultural revitalization and […]

The (mostly) French food roadtrip – stop 9: En passant par la Lorraine…

The infamous quiche Lorraine!

En passant par la Lorraine, / Avec mes sabots, En passant par la Lorraine, / Avec mes sabots, Rencontrai trois capitaines, / Avec mes sabots, Dondaine, oh ! oh ! oh ! / Avec mes sabots. Rencontrai trois capitaines, / Avec mes sabots, Rencontrai trois capitaines, / Avec mes sabots, Ils m’ont appelée : Vilaine […]

Farewell Uncle Lou

Lou Reed Signed "Loaded" Album

When I woke up to the news that Lou Reed died yesterday, it hit me hard, like losing a favorite Uncle, the one who skipped town for the big city and never came home again. This is not such a stretch actually– we love our favorite artists so much that they can be like family– […]

Horse shagging and Jodorowsky: a report from Tokyo International Film Festival 2013

Of Horses and Men

Sharing acronyms can be a real shitter, especially when you’re forever relegated to second place. A month after Toronto International Film Festival wraps up its annual media frenzy, Tokyo wheels out its own TIFF – an event that, but for its accreditation by the FIAPF, might as well not exist to the wider world. You’ll […]

Notes on Tokyo International Film Festival 2013

Ashkan Khatabi and Amir Jafari in "Bending the Rules"

And the Mud Ship Sails Away (Hirobumi Watanabe) And the Mud Ship Sails Away has the nonchalant, half-assed feel of one of those Downtown sketches that start out funny and then refuse to end. The opening title – “Inertia” – pretty much sums up this meandering, no-budget hymn to the tedium of life in rural Tochigi, […]

The (mostly) French food roadtrip – stop 8: la maison de la choucroute @ Strasbourg.

La Maison des Tanneurs aka La maison de la choucroute (outside) @ Strasbourg, France

I had to. There are things like that… places like that… food like that, even drinks… well, of course there are food and drinks like that! I had to go and eat a choucroute at “La maison de la choucroute” in Strasbourg, Alsace, France. Since 2006 when I had my first taste of their choucroute […]

Bling, Babes, and the American Way – Pop Zeitgeist

The Bling Ring Film Poster

Sometimes the facts of the matter just don’t add up. The sum of human knowledge being what it is, the Internet benefiting us near total access of poetry, literature, philosophy, and music, and yet Kim Kardashian is among the most famous Americans on the planet. Triumphant geeks in apotheosis boast of their roles in the […]

A Most Un-Personal Album by Eleanor Friedberger

Eleanor Friedberger Personal Album Review HESO Magazine

Eleanor Friedberger must have a great sense of humor. Like a dry martini, just a touch of vermouth. Watch her music videos, listen to her lyrics, look at how she dances. She has secretly always wanted to be a Second City or a Groucho Marx impersonator. A runaway Vaudeville / carnival sideshow perhaps? Regardless of […]