Category Archives: Soap Box

A highly professional fan-made video for Boards of Canada’s ROYGBIV

This is the only video posted on Youtube from this fan of Boards of Canada.  The music video is so well done that I felt I had to post it here.  It appears that this individual found some footage of … Continue reading

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Tokyo Drift or Tokyo Drifter?

I have a theory that there are only two kinds of people in the world:  people who have theories about how many kinds of people there are in the world, and people who don’t.  Aside from that theory, I have … Continue reading

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Language Nation and Literacy: Visions of Chinese Language Reform from 1895-1919

In 1909, Ezra Pound published the essay, co-written nearly two decades earlier by Ernest Fenollosa, entitled “The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry.”  Enraptured with the Chinese language and writing with the characteristic enthusiasm of overeager orientalists, Pound … Continue reading

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Boundaries Re-imagined in “Vermeer’s Hat”

In narrating Vermeer’s Hat, Timothy Brook emphasizes three distinct layers of agency. On the one hand, there is the world. This agent may seem like the most obvious of the three, but it entails a sort of global consciousness (or … Continue reading

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Tibet in 2008

Introduction In the months leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a series of riots took place in Tibet.  Such is the most succinct and neutral statement I can conjure with respect to the events that took place on and … Continue reading

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