Taniguchi Buson, or Yosa Buson, was an influential painter and poet during the Edo period. Born in a suburb of Osaka, Japan, Buson was an orphan who eventually moved to Edo to study painting and haiku poetry in the tradition of Basho. He first gained notice for his visual art -- like much traditional
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At the beginning of the twentieth century, the aesthetic and intellectual world of England belonged to the Bloomsbury group. By now its members are household names: Bertrand Russell, Clive Bell, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf. Their writings alone speak volumes about the Bloomsbury pench
When Beth Orton sings about how far we've come or how far we'll go, something rustles inside. Escape and sudden liberation somehow seem possible. You want to grab you car keys, let your hair go, and "roll away." Orton's voice holds familiar secrets that speak to us individually; she is an old friend,