There is something sexy about disclosure. It breeds the kind of excitement that secrets can never quite match. The thrill of spilling to someone. Being in the open. Public. Those that knew about it can finally say something. Those that thought they should have known can feel slightly outraged, before cracking a smile. Some people […]

New York, Don’t Panic

Don’t panic, It’s ok, I’m here, I’ve bloody-well arrived. Making it to New York marks a major milestone in my trip – and I feel funny about it. Some of my anxiety is probably quite rational – unlike my fear of birds, hedges, and footpaths. The thing is, New York is something of a “black hole” in my […]

Sopyonjae: The Accumulation and Resolution of Han

My review of Sopyonjae appears in this month’s edition of 미르 (Mirror), the magazine published by The National Theater of Korea. You can see a digital copy in Korean, here (see page 52). — Evoking the iconic scene from Im Kwon-taek’s original 1993 film, The National Changgeuk Company’s Sopyonjae opens with the itinerant pansori singer Yubong wandering down a winding mountain […]

Progress? Perhaps.

NOTE: The photo above is clearly not of me. On my final lesson in my second-last week here, my teacher asked if there was anything else I wanted to learn. I worked up the courage to say… 심봉사 눈뜨는 대목… This is the climax of Shimcheongga, where old blind Mr. Shim finally comes face to […]

Yuta and I

Yuta and I juggle our washing on the handlebars of our bikes, his tote bag full of towels, my garbage bag straining to hold everything I own, bouncing and twisting dangerously over the pockmarked streets, all the way to the coin laundry. Yuta and I layer salmon and mint swatches of towelling on a bed […]