As I was putting books back on my shelves, I came across my copy of Italo Calvino’s If on a winter’s night a traveler, and I remembered this story.
Some years ago several friends of mine and I plotted a trip through Hong Kong, Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo over a period of several weeks. The Miserly Iron Fist, as he was known, took command of arranging accommodations, finding the most affordable options on our route.
Personalization isn’t really my thing most of the time. I don’t prefer to litter my laptop with numerous stickers pilfered from events and conferences or adorning my bags with pins. But give me a practical, functional modification, perhaps with some possibility of reversal, and I’m listening with rapt attention.
I took this photo at sunset on an island off the coast of Bali. K walked out about ten minutes before the sun set and quietly stood, watching it sink towards the horizon. Not wanting to disturb her reverie, I stood back and framed a number of photos like this one, playing with the darkening silhouettes of a cliff to my left and the small island to my right, trying to frame her, her reflection on the wet sand, and the sunset in the sky in just the right proportions, just the right light, just the right colors. This photo is my favorite.
Third Editions is a French publishing house, known in France as a publisher of video game-related books exploring the story and history of games such as Metal Gear, Legend of Zelda, and others. A couple years ago, they decided to make the jump to the English-reading world via Kickstarter, funding translations of some of their more popular works. As a way to drum up interest, they offered a number of special editions of their printed copies, as well as e-book copies of the ordered books.