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Post: arrivals from Gifu, Woodstock, Rancho Palmas + Galiano time travelers

Stopped by Mac’s goat farm yesterday and always happy to see my painting that somehow has “come true” with postcards and letters arriving regularly, with or without eating a peach

Post’d: first batch in a while…

Kind of weird but this is my first batch of letters and postcards to go out this year… (aside from a few life administration items)

Now that I’ve reclaimed my “amateur status” just hoping to spread goodwill and thanks to folks who shared special kindness with me over these last couple months. Each one made with affection, intention and decoration (& bevvie).

Items: arrived by post (regarding poets and ramblers)

Three items arrived by post:

a card and dossier of treats from a rambler in Salish Sea (w/ lovely inky pen writing; Richard Brautigan collage poem from a mysterious source as a tribute for the poets birthday; &, Jack Kerouac 100th birthday tribute double CD from Bear Family Records in Germany.

List: books of note / recent-ish (from a bus)

Semi-legible list of recent books read… in bed a lot recently so staying off the robot screens and looking at the pages of the words.

Some of these may be a couple months ago but can’t remember if I told you or not – anyway I made a list {which includes “lists of note“, a book of lists deserving of a wider audience, not to be confused with its cousin “letters of note“ volumes one and two, ed. & signed by Shaun Usher.

also Kerouac, Cassady, Brautigan, Ginsberg, Thompson, Babbs (a.k.a. usual suspects) plus Miles Copeland bio (& obligatory World War II book now that I’m a middle-aged guy).

Somehow mentioning Montana (regarding ordering Doug Peacock book from Black Elk Press in Livingston) reminds me to mention about reading Richard Brautigan’s “An Unfortunate Woman” in a lovely first edition hardback. Its a meta-chronological account of a few months of RB’s life, much in Montana with Japan, Toronto & SF namechecks and time-shifting. When i read his books, sometimes i think i wrote the lines, or at least want to make more pods and videos about his books but i’m super tired now so here are other items, already made, ergo: “Richard Brautigan” tag at this very creative life archive.

Extraneous note: Posting this from a bus with Wi-Fi leaving the house for the first time by myself since January, or is in December (#sickness)… Anyway, heading for some seitai treatment, it’s chilly, and i’m a bit foggy but I’m all right. Have scarf & cool shoes.

PS Bus has Wi-Fi and power outlets at the seat. Some kind of luxury. The bus company is called “Uno bus“ and it’s a private franchisee providing municipal bus service in my area of Okayama ++ seat rest covers, various payment options. And it’s actually really good Wi-Fi too. Also you pay based on *exactly* for how many stops you ride.

when boarding, get a ticket with a number and match with the grid when disembarking, that’s your price OR use a prepaid tap card and voila, auto-magic accurate payment

“Meet the Beats“ ~ Upgrade your Heroes #1

A rapid-fire introduction to the “Beat Generation” focused on the story of “6 Poets at Gallery 6” reading Oct, 1955 SF CA when Allen Ginsberg, Phillip Whalen, Gary Snyder, Micheal McClure, Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Lawrence Ferlinghetti et al were all in the room for a reading hosted by Kenneth Rexroth that would go into legend and launch a poetry renaissance in San Francisco and the world. Presented by Cannaverse Club.

Includes extended erstwhile members of the movement and “what happened” after that night as the poets and their friends scattered their influence globally (with, not surprisingly, a little bit of extra emphasis on Japan, Zen, India/Nepal) plus Merry Pranksters, Furthur bus, Grateful Dead and even the Simpsons. Whoa!

Lots of the usual ephemera, show & tell, couple of vinyl records, loads of books, various digressions and asides, hats & homework.

Note from UW: “If you’re curious *at all*, please share your questions and comments &/or “Replay live chat” at Youtube to catch some of the stuff I forgot to say during the premiere”

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Connecting Generations with Letters, Books & Ferments – Japan Cottage Musings

Pausing in the Kura barn from arranging dongles, cables, tripods – trying to upgrade tech aspect of telling stories – Dave starts with Kiana Brassest singing in the background while adding notes about decades of story making & thoughts about continuing with vigor.

Then into a recent Osera magazine cameo from a fermented foods tour (including saké, beer, cheese, wine, miso, shoyu…) in Maniwa, Okayama (which is also sorta son Ichiro’s first publication). 

oh! a curious cameo of us in Onsera magazine learning about saké making from a handsome gent in Maniwa, Okayama

Next onto recent books by post including:

“Waiting for Now” world-traveling “Scarborough dude” Ken Bole *often very* candid letters from Japan, Nigeria, Thailand, Canada etc to friends and family (with numerous coincidences and intersections with my own life).

connecting generations and traditions with letters, books, postcards and rambles

Waiting for Now” available via Blurb (part 2 available for preorder) & Check Scarborough Dudes DicknJanes pod diary etc.

“High White Notes” – David S Wills’ brand-new literary biography of Gonzo writer/journalist renegade Hunter S Thompson – available from his Beatdom publishing imprint + riffs include namechecks for Dr. HST’s book of letters “Proud Highway” and references to Joseph Conrad (re: Importance of dedication to art),  Henry Miller (re: Big Sur etc), and Jack Kerouac (re: enemy of my enemy is my friend – if he could get write about drugs and get published…)

“First Third” – beat, prankster, railroader, hero “Adonis of Denver” 50th anniversary of Neal Cassady’s partial autobiography, inscribed by his daughter Jami Cassady on behalf of Neal Cassady Estate –including postcards with noted photos of, and by, the elegant poet, photographer, lover and muse Carolyn Cassady – with the aim of “Keeping the legacy alive” ++ a bit about Ken Kesey & the Merry Pranksters Further bus.

Oh yeah a reference to Brian Hassett’s cool “Hitchhiking to Kerouac” book in there too with stories about Carolyn Cassady…

Be like your heroes of something… photo by Wang Ping (screenshot from a FB post obv)

Finally, a whole rundown of poets Gary Snyder and Wang Ping spending time together at Kitkitddizze in Sierra Nevada –working on translation, amplification and edification including coffee, Han Shan poems, Hanko stamps, sons Gen and Kei, Lagunitas IPA and gyoza dumplings and cowboy steaks, the history of Axe Handles poem (and translation thereof), Snyder’s new book “This Present Moment” and me at “home” (finally) in a red velvet robe with coffee cup by potter Marty Thurston Kendall of Utah knowing while our journey is our own, there is precedent for path before (like I can be 91 hanging out with my son Ichiro, living well and making poems in a barn).

Gary Snyder and sons Gen and Kei kicking back at Kitkitddizze homestead with Lagunitas IPA and dumplings by poet Wang Ping (who took the photo)

See more at @Ping Wang’s Youtube – especially this video about Axe Handles: and website: http://www.wangping.com/ and see also translated “Flander’s Field” (Canadian) John McCrae to Chinese.

More Kiana Brasset at (I guess, sorta need better link or…? anyhow) met her on the Tracks on Tracks trip.

Moo cards / various sizes and styles, each can be unique = get some https://refer.moo.com/s/gravellybeach

Also, a postcard from a friend wandering in London, a new batch of Moo “friendship” cards [get yer own]

Always more more more projects coming along…

Fondly, dvo/uw

Post’d: Various, Vaguely Clandestine Efforts, etc.

Disguise is basically perfect, inpenetrable, no one will ever recognize me like this… So on I go #WorldsWorstSecretAgent #Postcards

🎵🎶somewhere…. Beyond the sea…. 🎶🎵 thank you my faithful pen pal. 💙 happy mail today.”

But how did you ever guess that was me :)?

PS the lady at the post office (who are always amused my my dispatches) pointed out that “that’s not your wife?!” ha #truth … but is it even me? #worldsworstsecretagent

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Post’d: more hats, scribbles for leos (& daal / chowder)

Catching up on postcards delivery for my *usual* “postcard as a service subscribers” as well as a few folks who sent extra special birthday wishes.

Yup, just more of the same: scribbling postcard to folks everywhere, dropping in the mailbox, folding laundry and washing dishes. Thank you for the usual days.

More of the recent run from the end of #Dave50 / from both the “global hats“ and “personal archeology“ series. Now that I’m 51, these are highly collectible :-)

Note: talked to the friendly wizard of the mountains of Nagano and he was unsure of who this strange character on the front of his postcard with an incoherent message on the back was from. I asked him “do you have so many people sending you scribbled over photos and inkt blah blah blah messages on postcards?“ “No, just you” he replied (paraphrasing). He asked what the postcard said, I said it was probably Something about a happy birthday.

He then told me a story about hanging out with the Dalai Lama and poet Nanao Sakai and a legendary acupuncturist >> Heard his granddaughter in the background and got the update on his garden. This is wonderful stuff about sparking conversations with postcards and what not. It’s not the message per se, it’s the medium/thoughts/intentions/action. #mcluhanesque

A few more addresses in, a few more friends remembered, few more love notes scribbled with quill and ink (really), and importantly, only the finest postal stamps selected – ranging from kimono ladies to coffee shops to fried fish.

PS you can see a bit of a postcard with the view from my window at Ayurveda Health Home in Pokhara, Nepal, thinking of this place so much with the passing of the dear magical Dr. Rishi.

Aside: Also made Nepal-esque daal and corn/squash chowder to stash in the freezer.

Post’d: global hats & paint pens

1) Humid muggy misty morning walk to post office (an “essential service“ in current state of emergency) with a super cute satchel that we picked up at an auxiliary fundraiser at the 7-11 inside the hospital for about ¥300 (probably also purchased egg salad sandwich with the crusts cut off and likely green tea.) My favorite shade of green!

Now, so many little dispatches hopefully finding their way to you. #JapanLife

2) Just a friendly reminder to make sure I have your up-to-date postal details for sending cards on days like today in a cool dark barn with records up loud.

{Making a batch for recent birthdays (your birthday is important to or whatever… Just today I happen to be making cards today)}, ergo: hook up your address at the “postal club“ form at my website. You’re clever, you’ll find it :)

3) A few more addresses in, a few more friends remembered, few more love notes scribbled with quill and ink (really), and importantly, only the finest postal stamps selected – ranging from kimono ladies to coffee shops to fried fish.

PS you can see a bit of a postcard with the view from my window at Ayurveda Health Home in Pokhara, Nepal – thinking of this place so much with the passing of the dear magical Dr. Rishi.

Post’d: Sometimes, 2nd Circumnavigations are needed

oh! comes back around so the envelope goes int an envelope and round again

Sometimes the letters come back – due to an errant digit or NATA or maybe just want another circumnavigation / so, off they go again! Get in on the rotations.

Thanks to R Scales for original snap – art’d up by dvo

[UPDATE]

The very special dispatch loaded with b&w lomography photos from Gandhi Beach & oil pastels of sherbet-colored houses in Kerala India, Jack Kerouac exhibit in Kobe items, collage of fake IDs (or are they?), & snaps from Suez Canal – which (somehow appropriately) required two circumnavigations to reach Montréal due to an errant “8” not “3”.

Question: Does the mail travel west or east from JPN to QC, Can?