Sunday, November 15, 2009

Same same but different

After two months in Asia (India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Viet Nam) and one more to go I've decided to hold off on any 'Drink Deep' updates until the New Year. The logistics of traveling cheap, fast, and light while trying to write meaningfully about all that I'm seeing is a bit much at the moment and I'd rather wait and do justice to these experiences with a bit more head-space back home.

On a side-note, there's been lots of favorable feedback to the piece I wrote on 90s hardcore punk. When I'm back at a scanner I'll post up the remainder of some images from my archive to round out the ideas I started there. Likewise, the Book of Bird benefit is progressing nicely with nearly 30 signatures gathered and the groundwork for an auction taking shape as I write. What started as a simple fundraiser has really taken on a life of its own and is becoming something quite remarkable.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I Still Love H.E.R.

"Not untill you've listen to Rakim on a rocky mountain top
have you heard hip hop
extract the urban element which created it
and let a open wide country side illustrate it"

Saul Williams

Public Enemy and the track that still gives me goosebumps

Common Sense, at the height of his powers

A Tribe Called Quest from the Low End Theory, an album I've worn out, twice

NaS: half man, half amazing

Monday, November 2, 2009

สวัสดี (greetings) from Thailand

After five weeks in India Z and I have made our way into Southeast Asia. We're currently in Luang Prabang, Laos after having spent three weeks in Thailand. Our bellies are full with amazing curry and habit-forming coffee! I only wish I'd had the wherewithal to make this journey earlier.

Locals biking outside Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai

Just some of the giant vegan meal we created at Mai Kaydee's cooking school, Chiang Mai

Mr. Yim, vegetarian streetfood maestro, Bangkok

Z, riding out a storm with some tom kha soup

Mountains of curry, Chiang Mai

Bathing an elephant at Elephant Nature Park outside Chiang Mai

Lighting a floating paper lantern along the river in Chiang Mai

Wall art at Wat Pra Singh, Chiang Mai

Very proud pedal-tuk driver, Chiang Mai

Slender Buddha hands, Sukhothai

In rice we survive! (Near Chiang Khong, Thailand)