Intro to April…




I have amassed a small collection of books on the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi with Julie Pointer Adams’ Wabi-Sabi Welcome the newest addition. Although the book doesn’t offer any new material on the concept itself, I loved the manner in which Pointer-Adams links its underlying values to diverse cultures across the globe from France . And her photography is beyond beautiful and she has even dedicated a website to photographs that didn’t make the books if, like me, you are looking for even more immersion in her vision.

After a considerable amount of hype, I finally got around to reading Sally Rooney’s Normal People and found it impossible to put down. I was so invested in the lives of the characters.


This month I tried to hit the annual French Festival with as much force as I could muster. As with any festival, all the films sound amazing and so it can be a hit or miss experience. Fortunately, I chose well this year. I started with Louis Garrel’s A Faithful Man (2018), which was an exceedingly French take on relationships and desire that was carried by a luminous performance by Lily-Rose Depp. Oh, and Garrel’s hair. Next was Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers (2018).

One of my favourite auteurs Claire Denis’ first English-language film, High Life (2018) combined her

Finally, Gilles Lelouche’s Sink or Swim (2018) had all the formulaic


I visited my childhood home and the city of millenial pink architecture Hong Kong this month. Ice cream bao at Little Bao, everything at Yard Bird, roast pork with rice and choi sum at the food court, yum cha. I need to go on a diet.