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Heady is probably my favorite beer; when I lived in Tokyo I made a trip to Fukuoka to enjoy the tonkotsu ramen; now that I live in New York I go up to Vermont once a year on a beer run. If you're still up there, make sure to try Lawson's Sip of Sunshine; it's like Heady, but my personal preference. There are a slew of great breweries up there; if you really want to drink great beer make a pilgrimage to Waterbury, Vermont, which may well be the beer capital of the eastern half of the United States! Bars there (Pro' Pig and the Blackback) have great tap lists, you can get some good canned beers at Beer Cellar, and The Alchemist is just down the road. Cheers!
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2017 on Burlington, Vermont at Lost In Translation
I've never read any of the entries in this series either, but this looks like a strong entry based on the writers (Theroux, Buruma, Mishra etc.) and the locations (Hong Kong, Singapore, Phnom Penh). Chungking Mansions is a fascinating place for any number of reasons, and there's some delicious South Asian food to be enjoyed there. Check out "Ghetto at the Center of the World" by Gordon Mathews to learn more about the place. I too like travel writing, so I've been reading the Paul Bowles collected you recommended previously. It's good, not entirely even, but he has an interesting voice and describes some of those places in North Africa in an appealing way. Check out "Elephant Complex" by John Gimlette for something recent and interesting on Sri Lanka.
Hadn't heard of this one, but picked a copy for my kindle — thanks for the recommendation. I thought The Roads to Sata was excellent, so given that you mentioned Booth's work here, I'll give Downer's a try, even if they may be quite different.
Yes, I've never really been interested in his fiction, but it seems that people who like his travel writing don't really take to his fiction. I feel like I've read him write about his lack of interest in food/drink when traveling, so he's explained that somewhere. Unfortunately, I think I've read all of his travel books (I wish there were more!). My favorites are The Great Railway Bazaar, Dark Star Safari, Riding the Iron Rooster, and the Happy Isles of Oceania. The one non-fiction work of his I have never read is Sir Vidia's Shadow, about his relationship with V.S. Naipaul. I just finished William Dalrymple's In Xanadu the other day, and would recommend that if you like travel writing.
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2016 on Deep South at Lost In Translation
As a Theroux fan, I enjoyed this as well. It's not my favorite work of his, but it was good to read his take on somewhere in the U.S. He did a few interviews on the radio around the time of this publication; here's one I recommend: I missed a Theroux book signing in 2013 (to promote The Last Train to Zona Verde) because of a job interview: this still kind of haunts me as the opportunity to meet him has never come up again, and he's one of my favorite authors.
Toggle Commented Sep 5, 2016 on Deep South at Lost In Translation
I got to see this restoration in the cinema earlier this year and enjoyed it very much. It's the kind of movie I'd prefer to see in the cinema, as I think to appreciate this film you need to give it all of your attention. It starts a bit slow, but the payoff is definitely worth it. I saw Taipei Story in the cinema a couple years back and it's worth seeing, but not of the same level of quality as films like A Brighter Summer Day or Yi Yi, for what it's worth. I grabbed a copy of this DVD from the library recently as I intend to watch the commentary and that Our Time, Our Story documentary, which seems intriguing.
Toggle Commented Aug 2, 2016 on Brighter Summer Day Redux at Lost In Translation
I am unfamiliar with Stanley Kwan, as far as I know, so thanks for the introduction—I'll look him up. Edward Yang made at least two superb films, Yi Yi and A Brighter Summer Day. Because of the Hou Hsiao-Hsien retrospective that was here in New York, I had the chance to see Taipei Story on film, as part of the supplementary works of Taiwanese film they showed. While Taipei Story was good, it's not quite as brilliant as those other two Edward Yang films. Another film I saw as part of this festival is all but unknown but stunningly good: "A Borrowed Life" by Wu Nien-Jen. Seek that one out. Here's the review from the Times a couple decades ago: I've seen "Mogari no mori," and it wasn't to my taste, but I'll give "Moe no suzaku" a try. Speaking of recent Japanese cinema, the Museum of Modern Art is making a big to do of screening a film called "Happy Hour" by a director named Ryusuke Hamaguchi. Are you familiar with this? I look forward to seeing it in the cinema.
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2016 on The Wayward Cloud at Lost In Translation
My first Tsai was also "What Time Is It There?" when I was a student and I probably had a similar reaction. As far as directors from Taiwain go, I prefer Hou Hsiao-hsien or Edward Yang. There was a Hou retrospective a couple years ago, along with a collection of lesser known works from Taiwan from the 80's and 90's that was fantastic. His work is truly worth seeing on the big screen. This summer there is a Hong Sang-soo retrospective taking place this month, as well as a Naomi Kawase one. These are both directors who I would describe as maaking "slow" films; I don't like Hong's work, and don't intend to go to the screenings. I have never been into Kawase, but I'll at least check out her film "Moe No Suzaku", as it took a prize at Cannes and she'll be there to introduce it and do Q & A.
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2016 on The Wayward Cloud at Lost In Translation
I really want to like his work, and have spent quality time over the past almost twenty years in various cinemas watching it, but never seems to quite click, but keeps me interested enough to keep returning. I agree about the beautiful cinematography. That, the atmosphere of his films, and the acting of Kang-sheng Lee keeps me going back for more I suppose. I saw "The Wayward Cloud" at a packed screening (people were sitting on the floor) at a festival in the Czech Republic when it was released; the confused audience was probably more interesting than the film itself. I too like Rebels of the Neon Gods and Goodbye, Dragon Inn in particular. There was a complete retrospective of his work in New York last year which allowed me to see some of these on film again, which was a pleasure:
Toggle Commented Jun 9, 2016 on The Wayward Cloud at Lost In Translation
Not sure how I came across your blog, but we seem to have similar tastes in film and literature. In any case, Robert D. Kaplan has a more recent book, mostly on Romania, that's well worth reading: In Europe’s Shadow.
Toggle Commented May 6, 2016 on Asia's Cauldron at Lost In Translation
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