Preparing for Utopia

We just went through an election cycle that many called a brutal one. In my opinion the cycles get more impassioned in order to mask the actuality and dawning of a post-political reality. Politics are always tied to a polis, which historical processes outside of our control are hollowing out as we speak. We are…

Bruges and Blood, Ghent and Grail

( St. Bavo’s Cathedral ) The greatest mysteries remain mysteries. Best-selling literature such as “The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail” contains ( and purports to explain ) one such mystery. Regardless of its popularity and the supposed solving of the Christological puzzle ( the Grail is just code for Christ’s bloodline ), the mystery…

Hideyoshi’s ghost and the Yankee shogun

The East Asian sphere has a history like no other part of the globe possesses. Seemingly peripheral, it has known all possible influences from all possible corners of the world and, in a strange way, retained a distinct set of identities despite it all. From Taiwan to Korea and Japan, like rocks in the sea,…

Dawn

Busan was the launch pad for Japan’s invasion of Korea during the Imjin War in the late 16th century. The battles in and around the area were successes on the Japanese side, but they met some brutally loyal resistance against its powerful charge. Eventually, Japan failed in taking the peninsula. A history I will return to…