1. In Magnolia Pictures’ new documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, filmmaker David Gelb chronicles Jiro-san’s single-minded obsession with raw fish and follows him on his lifelong quest to elevate the edible into an art form. The film, which opens March 9, looks to leave both your stomach and your soul hungry for more.
2. Shunryu Suzuki was a Zen master whose books helped popularize Zen Buddhism in America. A student once asked him, “How much ego do you need?” His austere reply was “Just enough so that you don’t step in front of a bus.”
3. In this passage from Still Life with Woodpecker, Tom Robbins provides a hot tip you should keep in mind:
“There are essential and inessential insanities. Inessential insanities are a brittle amalgamation of ambition, aggression, and pre-adolescent anxiety–garbage that should have been dumped long ago. Essential insanities are those impulses one instinctively senses are virtuous and correct, even though peers may regard them as coo-coo.”
4. Jerusalem’s Western Wall: A Haven For Migrant Swifts
5. Studio Ghibli characters from the Manga Entertainment Cosplay Zone
6. Milkshake: “Vetting Charities: Making Smart Choices”
7. Urban Threads Celtic/Viking motif sale!
8. From the TokyoPop mailing list: “Apple of My i – If you’re an otaku member of the Cult of Jobs, then get ready to take a celebratory sip of Kool-Aid because Apple’s iBooks service has added a manga section featuring titles from Seven Seas Entertainment, Yen Press and manga-style educational books from publisher Japanime. By the way, if no one else has thought of it yet, we’re calling dibs on ‘iTaku’.”
9. And a bonus spring poem for you:
Amy Lowell, “Vernal Equinox”
10. X-Men Relationship Map: Cause sometimes, you do actually need a chart.
(Some of those who complain about being “unloved” ought not be complaining, it seems!)