Category Archives: Elsewhere

The temple explodes the chicken cube

My friend Jason just got back from a few weeks in China. He was there for a conference, and wandering the streets he saw lots and lots of signs like this one. Now, I know what dumpling, fried rice, and fried noodles are. But can anybody make any sense out of these other ones? Fragrant […]

I heart Japan

Only in Japan would someone come up with the idea of confining melons and cucumbers to certain shapes when they are young, so that when they are ripe, they are square, or pyramidal, or star-shaped. Oh goodness, just go have a look for yourself.

Toronto, part deux

Toronto is an amazing city. It’s the 5th largest city in North America (after Mexico City, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago), but it’s clean as a whistle and you have to work pretty hard to find somewhere you’d feel uncomfortable walking around in alone after dark. And there’s a lot to be seen just […]


I’m in Toronto for nine days, and oh man it is good to be in a real city, to be able to walk down the street, passing through narrow alleys between brick mansions and into streets where cafes and pubs spill out onto the sidewalk so that passersby brush shoulders between the menu board and […]

A minivacation

This past weekend, Henning and I took a minivacation to Santa Barbara. We had to pick up Henning’s new passport at the German embassy in LA on the way, so we spent the day going to a few museums there. The Modern West Landscapes exhibition at LACMA is a bit boring, save the part from […]