Tuesday, November 19, 2030

To live in a world meant for other people

To live in a world meant for other people

He hands me his glass.  I get up and make two drinks.  He walks out onto the balcony, past my guitar.  He doesn’t know that I write songs about him, that I play them when I am alone at night, drunk and thinking about him.  Usually just after I leave the bar, after spending hours with him.  I watch as he looks out over the grass and the orange-like tree.  He is in his white shirt.  He is beautiful.  So is the tree.  And the grass.  His jacket and tie are on the chair. They are beautiful too. Draped the way they are.  I go out on the balcony and stand with him.  I give him his drink.  The scotch shimmers in the filtered sunlight. 

From all this longing comes all this beauty.

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Monday, November 18, 2030

My Books Reviewed at San Francisco Review of Books


Syncopated Rhythm "... The language is so appropriately raw when needed and so fragile in other passages ... Writing of this apparent simplicity is true craftsmanship and James carries this creative flow throughout the book ... James' gifts as a writer are extraordinary. This may be new work and if so it holds promise of an author who will likely rise in the same realm as Jonathan Saffron Foer et al."
- San Francisco Review of Books


Clifford and Claudia "... [the author] can interplay gay characters with aplomb and make his story so universally relevant that the reader can simply sit back and enjoy the entertainment. And in his novel there is entertainment aplenty! ... His ability to create stories that are refreshingly unexpected places him in line with some of most established authors. Highly recommended."
- San Francisco Review of Books


The Story of Teddy and Eddie "... James’ elegant style of writing inserts italicized poetic passages, the thoughts of the narrator, into his prose – a technique that with lesser authors becomes disruptive, but in James’ case these passages elevate the meaning of the psychological dilemma of the story to even greater heights. ... This author is most assuredly a unique voice who is well on his way to becoming an established, significant American author"
- San Francisco Review of Books

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Clifford and Claudia - $0.99

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Rip through the vulnerabilities of the over-the-top characters in this remarkable story. Constantly moving, challenging, bemusing, hurtful, charming.
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Thursday, January 9, 2020

A Delicate Child now available on NetGalley


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"I am 12 years old when they pour the dirt over Angelo."

We follow Nino as he tries to come to terms with the terrible truth about his grandfather.

With the help of his uncle Sal, a drunk homebody, and a young Paolo, a recent immigrant from Italy who brings with him an eerie connection to Nino's grandfather, Nino struggles to make his way through the labyrinth of memories that pour from his head, not all of them seemingly his own.

A Delicate Child is a powerful look into the unknown connections that shape an individual and the triggers that bring those connections into the light, in the end exposing the hidden relationships that, for better or worse, exist just beneath the surface of accepted realities.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

A Delicate Child - New Release

New Release

"I am 12 years old when they pour the dirt over Angelo."

We follow Nino as he tries to come to terms with the terrible truth about his grandfather. 

With the help of his uncle Sal, a drunk homebody, and a young Paolo, a recent immigrant from Italy who brings with him an eerie connection to Nino's grandfather, Nino struggles to make his way through the labyrinth of memories that pour from his head, not all of them seemingly his own.

A Delicate Child is a powerful look into the unknown connections that shape an individual and the triggers that bring those connections into the light, in the end exposing the hidden relationships that, for better or worse, exist just beneath the surface of accepted realities.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Japanese food - Shirasu

During my first month in Tokyo, I am taken to a neighborhood izakaya in Takadanobaba called Momem Ya by the owner of the jazz bar I frequent. The restaurant is secluded in a basement, a small but comfortable space, perfect for two at the counter, or groups at the Japanese-style tables hugging the walls.. It has a friendly staff and delightful menu. Both change over the years, yet remain uncompromisingly friendly and delightful. Jazz music hangs over the open kitchen as we wait for our food to be cooked. 


Chefs in the Open Kitchen of Momen Ya 

This first visit, I am introduced to shirasu, pictured below. There is a lot of food on the table that night, and I dig into the shirasu like I do the other new food I try - with trepidation, excitement, and anticipation. I take in a mouthful, then another. A delicious flavor, new to me. A delicate taste. I think I am eating some sort of Japanese steamed vegetable. I ask my host what it is. He smiles and tells me to look closer. It is only when I look closer that I notice the little black eyes on these "vegetables." Turns out that shirasu is the young of sardines. I eat little creatures without realizing it. Later I find that these delicious creatures are often included in salads, prepared as below, or toasted, a sort of Japanese crouton. 

Shirasu: Blow Up the Picture to See the Little Eyes

So I continue to eat the little creatures. I surprise myself in a way. Before moving to Japan, I am not that adventurous with food. Sure, I'll try foods from various countries. But I always choose things from the menu that I think I might like, that will go down easy. But all that changes in Japan. I suppose having sake with my meals helps, but whatever the case, I become open to a whole new range of flavors and textures I might pass on before this experience: raw beef tongue cut and served like sashimi - a specialty of Sendai, whale bacon, horse meat sashimi, raw chicken, seared only at the edges, or a raw egg mixed with my steamed rice. With fresh food, it seems you can do almost anything!

If you're ever in Tokyo or any place in Japan, I encourage you to try new things, expand your horizons. You might be surprised what sorts of food you will like.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Japanese food - Natto gyoza

In this introductory post on Japanese food, I have selected a dish that actually has its origins in China, and only makes it's way to Japan in the last century (or so I have been told). That dish is gyoza. Of course, I have the opportunity to eat various dumplings before I come to Japan, but the flavor and consistency of Japanese gyoza is an unexpected treat for me. 

Natto Gyoza

The gyoza pictured above is natto gyoza, not something you find in most restaurants, but one of my favorites. The reason is the natto. Natto is a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soy beans. It is notoriously stinky, has an unusually strong flavor, and when eaten normally it sits in a fluid having the consistency of spit. I'm not a fan of this version. But when cooked in gyoza, you end up with an unmistakeable aroma and a noticeable bite to the flavor of the standard fare of minced ground pork, chives, green onion, cabbage, ginger, and garlic. Add a light crisp on one side, and a dipping sauce of equal amounts soy sauce and Japanese vinegar (and maybe something spicy), and the result is a fully satisfying dining experience. So even though gyoza is relatively new to Japan, this version is distinctly Japanese, and I highly recommend that you try it on your next visit to Japan.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

NYC artist Julia Jacquette


Julia Jacquette is and artist born and raised in NYC. Back in the day she showed at the Holly Solomon Gallery. (Sorry, the lighting is a little dark here, but it's a beautiful painting) #tokyo #newyork #art #juliajacquette #hollysolomon

Sunday, July 9, 2017

NYC artist Christopher Tanner


NYC Artist and one time east village neighbor Christopher Tanner #tokyo #newyork #art #christophertanner

American artist Marjorie Strider


American Pop Artist and good friend Marjorie Strider 1931-2014 #tokyo #newyork #art #popart #marjoriestrider

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