25 October 2010 ~ 4 Comments

Hi! My name is Loco…and I am a racist! Pt.35

Click here for pt.1 Over the past two years of writing I’ve described in as much detail as I could many of the more trying Japanese behavior patterns.  The ones resulting from the tendency here to ostracize, dehumanize or otherwise “otherize” people that don’t meet the criteria for normal. I’ve focused primarily on the behaviors, my thoughts […]

23 October 2010 ~ 5 Comments

NaNoWriMo: 30 days of writing!

November is National Novel Writing Month and, that’s right, for the 1st time, yours truly is in! So, yeah, basically I have from No 1 til Nov 30 to slap 50000 words together into a story. I haven’t written a novel in over a decade so I’m a little nervous, but I’m up for the […]

22 October 2010 ~ 4 Comments

Hi! My name is Loco…and I am a racist! Pt.34

Click here for pt.1 “You’re a writer,” Aiko had said on one of my final hospital visits when she still had enough strength to get around. I just knew she’d beat whatever it was that was ailing her. A belief that held out even up until her last couple of days. If someone had told me that day that I’d be […]

19 October 2010 ~ 8 Comments

Hi! My name is Loco…and I am a racist! Pt. 33

Hi! My name is Loco…and I am a racist! Pt. 33

Click here for pt.1 One of the strongest points I wanted to make with this series is how much effort is required to NOT be a racist. Doesn’t matter if you’re from homogeneous islands like Japan or Jamaica, or diverse cities like New York and Paris. It’s always a challenge. I imagine I had advantages over people from less diverse […]

19 October 2010 ~ 7 Comments

Live from locohama, S2/E37: ケータイ禁止 Cell phones prohibited!

Live from locohama, S2/E37: ケータイ禁止 Cell phones prohibited!

Due to a rash of cell phone abuses (which amounts to even having one on your person in the school), the faculty (with the use of some artistically minded students) has taken drastic action!   That’s right! They’ve taken to littering the walls with posters re-iterating the rules in sharp language. And if the rather serious mien of Hello […]

18 October 2010 ~ 4 Comments

Hi! My name is Loco…and I am a racist! Pt.32

Click here for pt.1 Farrakhan, in that address to a Million Black Men, also provided the catalyst for my doing something that I’d never done at the behest of any man prior. He’d said something that made me get up off of that couch… …and get down on my knees. Yeah, he’d pissed me off by using that Lynch Letter, […]

16 October 2010 ~ 4 Comments

On a personal note…

On a personal note…

Dear Loco Readers: I feel like I’ve arrived at a junction. A crossroads. At least as far as Loco in Yokohama is concerned. Writing is a pursuit which fills me with adrenalin. Sitting at a keyboard, looking at my words, my thoughts, my feelings filling in the empty field of white does it for me. This […]

14 October 2010 ~ 4 Comments

Go Loco, Go Loco, it’s your birthday, it’s your birthday!

Loco in Yokohama is turning two on Friday! Listen to this- one of Loco’s faves- while you read: Two years! Wow, right? It just hit me the other day… I was reading a story about Barack Obama’s meteoric rise to power (and his plummet from favor.)  It reminded me of my first blog, Ain’t no stopping us […]

10 October 2010 ~ 10 Comments

Japan Writers Conference

Japan Writers Conference

Made my way over to Ekoda, Tokyo this morning for the Japan Writers Conference.  And I’m so glad I went! It’s a free two-day event, that started today and will be ending tomorrow. It’s held annually and is now in its fourth year. Many people with an interest in writing, editing, publishing, translating, and other forms of word-smithing were there […]

07 October 2010 ~ 3 Comments

Hi! My name is Loco…and I’m a racist! pt. 31

Hi! My name is Loco…and I’m a racist! pt. 31

click here for pt. 1 “God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water the fire next time.” httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXwVnYGJ_Cw httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MruG888gH50 httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VduF3wm0fCw Start around 2:32 on the above clip. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usFsXNCoYzc httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWINDRQRKCg James Baldwin…(sigh!) Here was a man! A man that didn’t mince words. He didn’t infuse his words with religion to give them some lofty significance. He […]