Category Archives: Magic

THE MAGUS by John Fowles

Everyone is planning summer holidays. People ask me where to go, since I have been many places. Camille from the diamond exchange was wavering between Morocco and Turkey. I had been to neither, but heard Morocco was a hassle and Istanbul was a gem on the Bosphorus. “Thanks for the info.” Camilli was the queen […]

THE LONG MEMORY OF THE CHURCH by Peter Nolan Smith

After the Roman Emperor Constantine I accepted Jesus, the once-persecuted Christians sought their revenge against the Greco-Roman pantheists. The burnt became the burners and the killed were the killers. The diverse cults of the Empire shriveled under the iron fist of the Jesus’ ruthlessness. Mithra and Isis were forsaken en masse for the one True […]

The Beauty of Zatoichi

Bored with Netflix and HBO I hunted the web for another source of entertainment and luckily stumbled onto ZATOICHI, the Blind Swordsman. This Japanese TV show portrayed the traveling trials of a blind masseur and swordmaster living in the Edo period circa 1840s. The actor Shintaro Katsu masterfully breathed life into novelist Kan Shimozawa’s creation […]

TOUCH OF EVIL Opening Scene

According to Wikipedia many critics considered TOUCH OF EVIL’s three-minute, twenty-second tracking shot as one of the greatest long takes in cinematic history, especially considering it’s the opening scene. On the U.S.-Mexico border, a man plants a time bomb in a car. A man and woman enter the vehicle and make a slow journey through […]

Friday the 13th Umphang

This morning my ex-wife, daughter, and I set out from Chai-nat for Umphang, which is one of Thailand’s most remote regions. I had calculated seven hours for the 500 kilometer trip. It took almost eleven of white-knuckle driving through the junled mountains. The road in Umphang had been known as Death Highway back in the […]