I found out the other day that my building, in NYC on Broadway between Franklin and Leonard, is a historical landmark. It housed one of the portrait studios of Matthew Brady, a famous American Civil War-era photographer, from 1853-1860, which means that the building itself must be at least 150 years old.
A self portrait of Matthew Brady circa 1875:
An etching of what the interior of my building looked like during Brady’s day:
Here’s a very interesting article that sums up the idea that Japan is a rich country with a relatively low standard of living.Â That is to say that the nation is affluent because the citizenry put in long hours and live in cramped, uncomfortable apartments.Â I can definitely identify with this having lived in Japan for 3 years.
Not too much to report on the personal front.Â I was doing some web research this morning for work for Japanese university recruiting contacts and I came across the article above.
I do miss Japan a little, but I love my new job and my big city life in NYC.
Next Monday is Columbus Day in the US, a day that perpetuates a hegemonic myth that justifies and even celebrates colonialism, imperialism and genocide.
To find out more about why we should protest the holiday: