Saturday, January 09, 2010

WNYC's Studio 360 (re)Visits Japan this weekend

Here's my segment, called "This is their Youth."


ArthurFrDent said...

damn, Roland, you just made me watch and listen to everything on the S360 page... [from your twitterfeed.] Lots of interesting things there from you and all your collaborators. Particularly interesting was Misumi Mizuki and her poetry... It did point out to me just how far removed a mindset can be. I can listen to those thoughts, and chase the meaning. I like that a lot, really. But it also is a little uneasy worrying over some nuance that I'm not getting. Something lost coming to my language, some comparison that can't transition between cultures.

Very, very interesting stuff. I also had to laugh a lot at the Pico Iyer interview from a year ago... where he doesn't speak Japanese, and his wife doesn't speak English, and after 20 years it doesn't matter. That is an amusing and cool interview.

As always, excellent stuff. A Q?... I feel I'm a freeloader clicking on all the different links you have to your works, and then to other works that start at those links [like Dirk Gently, I tend to follow links to see where they lead, figuring I'll end up where I need to be]
But. Are those imprints and links helping you pay the bills? If there is a better way for me to view your [and associates'] writings, I'll be happy to do so. I'm naturally curious, but I also want to contribute.

I'm guessin' you would write even after they removed your hands, but that doesn't mean you don't need to eat...

Roland Kelts said...

Thanks so much for your kind comments. Really glad you listened to the entire program and dug it all.

You're right, as usual: A lot gets lost in translation. But a lot is communicated, too. That's what writers like me cling to. And we're all grateful for your penetrating comments and insights.

As for your Question--well, yes, I do need to eat as a daily ritual. If my hands were excised, writing would be tough, but voice-reading software might suffice. Eating without hands might be more difficult.

Purchasing the publications for which I write is the easiest and most obvious way to show support. But that's so antiquated.

Commenting on the sites is helpful, too. All writers need support, not just me.

Let's put it this way: Donations are always accepted.

Thanks, Arthur. If I die without finishing my life's work, at least I'll know one reader cared.


ArthurFrDent said...

wait... printed materials? You mean, as on paper. A subscription? That's so 20th century of you. *falls over laughing* This from the kid who had a subscription to Omni Magazine in the early 80's. I'll figure something out... certainly I'll get hold of Japanamerica, read it and dontate it to the local Library. That's where all my books end up, since they have much nicer bookshelves than me.