A Misunderstanding When I was living in Tokyo, I once tried to purchase tickets for a sumo wrestling tournament at my neighborhood 7-Eleven.* The ticket machine was only in Japanese, and I ended up requesting the assistance of a young female employee who happened to speak a bit of English – a find nothing short […]Read More The Limits of Rationality
I watched the film adaptation of Wild when it came out a few years ago. I liked it, though didn’t particularly love it. Basically, I found it enjoyable, not memorable. The book is memorable. Perspective, I think, makes the difference. Cheryl Strayed, the writer, bares her soul in a way that Cheryl Strayed the onscreen […]Read More Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
It is hard to make friends. I’ve written around the subject before, discussing how my relationships have evolved, how they have been validated or discarded. Yet even in those introspective moments, I have had the luxury of presuming the presence of friendships, exploring only the strength of connections against the test of time. These days […]Read More The One Where I Don’t Make Any Friends
Venice is Disneyland. It’s impossible not to think of the parallel. Entering the city even necessitates a departure from the rest of the world, as a single bridge represents its lone physical connection to the mainland. The bus journey over is long, plain, almost entirely empty. I see just one pedestrian over the course of […]Read More Venice is Disneyland
It feels different this time, the memories more distant yet more real at the same time. I’ve visited my hometown of Los Angeles before, when I lived in Boston, and again in Tokyo. True, the most recent trip was a while ago: two and a half years to be precise, a long weekend for a […]Read More This Was My Life
I love Los Angeles. I love it because it’s home, naturally. I remember sitting around once with a couple of friends in graduate school, and we talked about the kind of place we envisioned ourselves settling down in when we got older. Without fail, all of us circled the towns and cities where we grew […]Read More I Love L.A.