parting words

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    The Cloud of God Paid Member

    It's just a little Shinto shrine: a strong woman could pick it up and carry it away. It sits in a niche in a wall on a nondescript corner of an alley in Kyoto that I pass by every morning, in an otherwise soulless neighborhood of the kind often seen around train stations in cities, especially that early in the day: monolithic apartment blocks, closed-up shops, empty streets. More »
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    Brushing Up Against the Buddha Paid Member

    I am not a Buddhist although I have enjoyed Buddha’s company for many years. Cast in cement, he sits quietly on the deck outside my painting studio surrounded by lumpy concrete animals all purchased at Pizzarilli’s Lawn Decoratives, Inc. on Long Island. According to Pizzarilli Jr., Buddha was not a popular item. The pond frogs, he explained, kept the family business going. I got Buddha and two guard dogs at half price and loaded my menagerie - encased in bubble wrap - into the trunk of a rented car. My wife shook her head, not believing I’d actually bought these objects-not-art, and we headed back to New York City. More »
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    Everything Ends Paid Member

    Artwork by An Xiao. Haiku by Andrew Schelling More »
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    Everything Ends Paid Member

    Artwork by An Xiao. Haiku by Andrew Schelling More »
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    Buddha and Brimstone Paid Member

    Parting Words is also available in PDF format. © 2006. Reprinted with permission of the author. Sparkplugcomicbooks.com More »
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    Buddha and Brimstone Paid Member

    A page from Asiaddict, a cartoon travelog by Mats!? More »