19 Reflections of Two Hundred Days

Olaf Owlbearssen

Alcohol is an integral part of Slovenian culture. Boys become men by drinking. Hosts welcome visitors to their homes with a schnapps. At celebrations, people become dancers and revelers after two beers. At university, exams passed and exams failed are celebrated with a bottle of wine. All three great European drinks are part of Slovenian … more >>>

17 The Empire Is Naked

the naked emperor and the atomic shoes

I’ve thought of writing this piece for months, but every time I stopped my fingers from hitting the keyboard. Keep it positive, keep it interesting, keep it personal. We expatriates are, after all, disenfranchised people in the societies we inhabit. Better to avoid politics. In the oval office sits a sad (and strikingly stupid) little … more >>>

16 Artist

Neither goat nor mastodon but something better than either

‘Artist’ (‘Umetnik’) was often used as a slur, rather than a description, in my mountain town. Honest people worked with their hands, farmers and laborers and surgeons. Dishonest people worked with their mouths, lawyers and politicians and teachers. Artists did not work. They created. And what they created was chaos and danger and change. Or, … more >>>

11 Design and Korea 2: Scissors

Design and Scissors

“Where are your scissors?” “In the stationery drawer, why?” “I need to cut the meat.” “Huh?!?” In creative and design and lateral thinking workshops one of the oldest tricks in the book is the brick. Master comes into room. Master places brick on table. Bits of fired clay crumble onto table. That will leave ochre … more >>>

10 Food in Korea III: Weird Food

scrontching through some food

“Write more about weird food,” they said. They being friends of mine, curious about a far off land they may well never visit. I filed the idea away and went about my day. Days passed. With YL we completed some Exciting Bureaucratic ManeouversTM, bought a comfortable office chair, visited the street of second hand books, … more >>>