Daily Archives: May 6, 2019

Furikake, a collection of stories about rice seasonings, by Stephen Black

The Author Show audio  interview with Stephen Black about Furikake.

Furikake is on Amazon here.

"a truly enjoyable reading, between a memoir and a travel diary in which one can easily recognize fragments of oneself.

- Carla Bonollo, whose Italian language blog can be found here.

Furikake is the Japanese word for the spices and ingredients sprinkled upon rice. It is one of my favorite foods, and in Clementi, i ate it often. I wrote this while I was living in the Clementi is an area of Singapore, and, for about two years, my three room apartment there was extremely cheap. More importantly, I became very good friends with a group who represented the diversity and tolerance of Singapore. In i ate tiong bahru, there is a short story about the day we met at an Indian temple for the memorial service of one of our group.

Clementi was close to the water and a park. There were great places to eat. Clementi is where I met Joe the Diver, who not only became a great friend, but also joined 3how on stage several times. Here is a story about one of those times.

At the i ate tiong bahru launch party, Joe sang a song...

Furikake was a challenge to write, for a few reasons. Ebooks were very new at the time. Amazon had just released the Kindle, but the take up in Singapore was very slow; if I remember correctly it was not possible to buy ebooks in Singapore at the time. And, of course, my writing style and topics are not exactly mainstream. Unkown writer, unknown publisher. Furikake was a commitment to the art and craft of writing; despite the odds against success.

A story from Furikake is here.

Furikake is on Amazon here.

PS There is a blog post with more excepts from Furikake. the formatting is strange, so I am not linking to it, but it can easily be found. The post also explains why Furikake once had the ugliest cover on Amazon.

The Day I Heard the Moths

Moths In the Attic: the interview in the Toledo City Paper was the start. The demos on the MITA website clinched it. This band is something! They were scheduled to play in Grand Rapids, making me even more excited because Grand Rapids is near Singapore. But MITA was scheduled for Grand Rapids, Ohio not Grand Rapids, Michigan and the Singapore idea is another story for another day, so I will just stop rambling and share the photographs from the day I heard the Moths.

a rectangular shape of light on a dark wooden floor, the chair of a leg like a plant

Toledo Ohio, Sylvania Avenue. A field, a barrier and the evening sky.
a woman getting into a car, face not seen, a red swing the background., she holds a key in her hand.
a TV screen showing a pitcher and a batter, the baseball betwen them
Moths playing

West Toledo at twilight. Houses on Overland Parkway.
American seeds Wildflower blend sunny area seed package
Colorful balloons tied to a tree near a street
Moths in the Attic. Kevin Jorrey, Zack Fletcher, Mike Williams
Red tulip in the shade of a large tree on a sunny day.
cherry blossoms and hair
A clock  that is a Mickey Mouse watch, a lamp , abed
Two daisies and their shadow
Moths in the Attic at the Art and Performing arts Center of West Toledo
large tree in front of a house at twilight


Post about Music at SXSW 2019

Stephen Black video interview about the 3how music/theatre/project