A List for 2010 – Obake

I’ve only just discovered a gem of an exhibition, Japanese Ghosts and Demons, which fills but one small room of Oxford’s giant Ashmolean museum.  Nevertheless, its seventeen prints contain such a fantastic mix of the grotesque, the cute and the comic that I’ve decided to squeeze the creatures they depict into my list for 2010. This is an exhibition about … Read More

Beautiful Hazards

The UK is covered in snow at the moment, bringing all the usual travel chaos and outraged claims that we should by now have learned how to command the weather to our bidding.  On the morning it started I was lucky enough to not have to be anywhere in a hurry, then lucky enough to see a fox padding along … Read More

Old Man Coyote and Old Man Badger

I had one of those rare moments of quiet synchronicity the other day when I was doing the recycling.  In a pile of newspapers I noticed an old article from the New York Times, which stood out because of this amazing accompanying art by Jason Holley. The article is about the tenacity of Coyote, about how he’s breeding with wolves … Read More