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  • Alan Booth Anthology Book Launching Party (May 25, 2018)

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    This is a minimally edited audio recording of all the official talks and goings-on at the book launch party for "This Great Stage of Fools", a long-awaited anthology of unreleased and uncollected essays written by Alan Booth, one of the great travel writers on Japan. The party was held at "Good Heavens" bar in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, on May 25th 2018, and was open to the public.




    A few of bookmarks are provided for convenience:

    00:35 - Stuart Varnam-Atkin, master of ceremonies.
    13:56 - Su-Chzeng, Alan's wife
    16:29 - Timothy Harris, editor, "This Great Stage of Fools"
    19:59 - Tim telling "the story" of "Alan as Caliban" (from Shakespeare's "The Tempest")

    23:07 - Ry Beville, Bright Wave Media
    30:21 - Michio Kondo (Japanese language speech)
    35:26 - Ansei Yokota (English language speech)
    57:50 - Mirai, Alan's daughter, performs a reading of the essay "Spring Fancies"
    1:12:56 - Michiro Mafune, propietor, "Chigusa" (Japanese language speech)

    The video of Alan at Chigusa bar that Mafune-san describes in his talk can be seen here: https://youtu.be/fUO7EYtmTO...

    For more information about the book or to buy a copy, please visit the publisher's site: http://brightwavemedia.com/...

    My own blog and comments on Alan's body of work can be found at https://fexluz.com Show less
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  • Alan Booth, and the 'Brotherhood of Walkers' Play all

    A playlist featuring content focused on the life and times of the late Alan Booth, travel writer and long-distance walker, as well as other known and not-so-well known Japan walkers.

    The phrase "Brotherhood of Walkers" was coined by Alan's good friend, Tim Harris, during a speech he gave at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan in 2019, in what I took to be a moment of astonishment and/or epiphany at the large number of Alan's fans he'd recently met who had in some form or another been inspired by Alan's work to walk long distances in Japan and elsewhere.

    He, along with another friend of Alan's, Stuart Varnam-Atkin, very kindly approved the release of a great deal of exclusive and never-before seen source material, such as Albion-za performances given by Alan and Tim in the 1980's. All thanks and kudos go to them. (These videos and others will be provided during the late spring and summer of 2019... stay tuned!)
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