Saturday, 23 September 2006
Happy equinox! Here at Gutbrain I'm marking the occasion by considering what a bad influence my friend Joe is. He's a stamp collector, you see. Because of him I now have these:
103 cat stamps. This one is my favorite:
I guess you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I frequently buy books for their covers. Here's one of the most recent examples:
The hay of the title refers to marijuana. In a Reefer Madness-like plot development, the accountant hero of this book has to descend into a hellish underworld of marijuana smokers to get revenge on the mobster who had him worked over. Man, those were the days. I got this at Valhalla Books in San Francisco a few weeks ago.
Thanks to everybody who came to the in-store performance at the Downtown Music Gallery today.
Here's a horrible story for you, from David E. Kaplan and Alec Dubro's Yakuza: Japan's Criminal Underworld.
Poisonous centipedes! I haven't seen that in any yakuza movie, though one of my favorites, A Man's Face Is His History, touches on that kind of activity.