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On: June 17th, 2005 at 10:19 pm | Number of Comments » 1

I am, as I type this, listening to a podcast of an episode of the BBC Radio 4 programme “In Our Time” about cultural imperialism, focusing on the Greek, Roman, and British empires. The guests, toward the end, raised the question of American cultural dominance in the world today and glanced upon the issue of […]

The Japanese Maple

On: June 17th, 2005 at 5:06 pm | Number of Comments » 2

Well, here it is—the Japanese maple, Acer palmatum ‘Tsukushigata’—that existed in my mind in this spot since last year. It existed only in my mind because a) to find a proper sun-tolerant variety that would not get too big and would fit behind the boulder took that long; and b) Once found two months ago, […]