Category Archives: Social Commentary

The Incredible Adventures of a Swedish Centenarian

Off the Top of my Head By Paul Murray   Book Review: “The 100-year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared” By Jonas Jonasson     A fertile imagination is not something you’d expect from a person with … Continue reading

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Artist Crumb Illustrates Writer Bukowski

Two grand masters of irreverence come together By Maria Popova In the early 1990s, two titans of the artfully cynical and subversive joined forces in an extraordinary collaboration: Legendary cartoonist and album cover artist Robert Crumb illustrated two short books by Charles Bukowski, … Continue reading

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LivingInPeace Project Resident Artist Retrospective

Off the Top of My Head By Paul Murray   When friend Erik Sanner became a “struggling artist” stereotype and almost starved on the hard streets of Tokyo, I thought something should be done. I’d written a couple of articles about Sanner … Continue reading

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Artist Almut Prange Rediscovers Her Muse

Off the Top of my Head By Paul Murray       German artist Almut Prange was travelling around New Zealand on holiday and found the experience spoke to her muse. It said, “You must go somewhere quiet and concentrate … Continue reading

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Lorenzo “The Italian Snail” Visits Rongolia

Off the Top of My Head By Paul Murray     Italian traveller Lorenzo Sebastio is a real backpacker and there aren’t many left. He calls himself a “snail” as he carries his house on his back everywhere he goes and … Continue reading

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DJ Crap & the Big Man Call it Quits….For Now…

Off the Top of my Head By Paul Murray     It’s over. DJ Crap and the Big Man have hung up their headphones and are officially on sabbatical after teaming up for 500 consecutive Wednesday nights to present their Blues Show … Continue reading

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Tokyo X: Orwellian Photographs of Modern Japan

  Book Review by Paul Murray   In 1984, veteran Tokyo-based photographer Shunji Ohkura was channel surfing and came across a television documentary discussing George Orwell’s novel “1984.”The programme was debating whether the modern world was a manifestation of Orwell’s … Continue reading

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