Odds and Ends

I spent a few days in San Francisco this week, for work meetings.  Nice to catch up with a number of old colleagues, some of whom I had last seen both years ago and continents away!  Not much time to do ‘fun’ stuff, but I did stop by the SF MOMA store, and found a new book of work by Neo Rauch, German artist (which I picked up and then proceeded to leave in my hotel room! so I hope it gets successfully sent up to me here).

Something I had been waiting for from the library came in while I was away – Herbie Hancock’s Blue Note Sixties Sessions, a 6 CD set.  I have just started to delve into it.

Then today I popped into the annual Wordstock festival here in Portland.  I was not terribly interested in any of the visiting authors, but I did enjoy seeing some of the small press offerings.  One press from Seattle had a number of nice works available – they have two areas of interest: Japan and New Orleans.  They’re called Chin Music Press, and they do really nice production quality books (the old-fashioned kind – they have a t-shirt that says they’re Seattle’s alternative to the Kindle!).  I picked up a title called ‘Goodbye Madame Butterfly’ by Sumie Kawakami.

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