Beautiful, beautiful pieces here. "Urami" in particular really caught me off-guard, haunting.

Japanese jazz is another absolute treasure trove of great music. Definitely benefitted from the geographical isolation over the 20th century, allowing them to avoid the BS going on elsewhere.

With regard to the monoculture, I've been reading Tom Wolfe's From "Bauhaus to our House", and "The Painted Word" on architecture and art respectively, explaining the rise of the modernists and the birth of the monoculture - highly recommend both.

How we strayed so far from the path is astonishing, but it's interesting to know the simple reasons behind it all. Status rules all.

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One of the best posts I've seen lately, thank you. Scorpions knocked it o/o the park and all of the others are great. Thanks again.

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