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Best Directions Ever: “Take the Exit that Goes Through the Office Building”

Directions to my house go something like, “Take the highway that runs through town and get off on exit 9, then take a left at the stoplight.” If you live in downtown Osaka, your directions might be more along the lines of, “Take the Umeda Exit of the Ikeda Route. You know, the one that [...]

How Long Have You Known Your Oldest Friend?

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. Reader Allyson challenged us to find the weirdest Wikipedia page out there, and I’m passing the buck to you. Let’s [...]

Talking Pictures: the Movie!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any new “talking pictures” — I’ve been hard at work on the book! — but over the weekend I was inspired to make this video about them. I get a lot of blank stares when I tell people I collect old snapshots, and my hope is that this will [...]