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Dislocations

But what time—the time of planes and stalled trains still—of in transit—

 

Tokyo and Kamakura, Japan, 2013

The Tokyo of my novel TOKYO is not Tokyo, of course. But I wanted my imagined place to be haunted by the other one, the cosmopolitan capitol of what we call Japan, lived and imagined by its inhabitants and its visitors. I spent a month there, wandering Tsukiji, the Tokyo Central Wholesale Market, and the Outer Market that surrounds it, late at night, trying to lose myself for awhile, day and night, in the streets and underground, to get disoriented, to see and hear through the membrane of the alien—or as that membrane.

 Tsukiji, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan

Tsukiji, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan

 Tsukiji, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan

Tsukiji, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan

 Tsukiji, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan

Tsukiji, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan

 Tsukiji, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan

Tsukiji, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan

 Tsukiji, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan

Tsukiji, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan

 Outside Tokyo Tower, Minato, Tokyo, Japan

Outside Tokyo Tower, Minato, Tokyo, Japan

 Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo, Japan

Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo, Japan

 Taitō, Tokyo, Japan

Taitō, Tokyo, Japan

 Kanda Shrine, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

Kanda Shrine, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

 Kanda Shrine, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

Kanda Shrine, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

 Akihabara Station, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

Akihabara Station, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

 Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

 Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo, Japan

Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo, Japan

 Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo, Japan

Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo, Japan

 Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo, Japan

Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo, Japan

 Jufuku-ji, Kamakura, Japan

Jufuku-ji, Kamakura, Japan

 Zeniarai Benten Shrine, Kamakura, Japan

Zeniarai Benten Shrine, Kamakura, Japan


Texas and New Mexico, 2017

Research for my next book—an essay considering my family's relationship to Mexico—took me to several archives and landscapes in west Texas and southern New Mexico, where my grandmother wandered for a time with her children and father, and where my father was born. My route began in El Paso, in Segundo Barrio, one of the city's oldest neighborhoods, its southern edge maybe a hundred yards from the river that is a border. My grandmother lived and worked there for a few years in the late 1920s, moving away for one winter, when my father was born somewhere in the vicinity of Alpine, in the Davis Mountains. She may also have spent some time among the Mexican families that had been settled along the north bank of the Rio Grande for generations, in what is now Big Bend National Park.

 In the warehouse district west of Segundo Barrio, El Paso, TX

In the warehouse district west of Segundo Barrio, El Paso, TX

 Segundo Barrio, El Paso, TX

Segundo Barrio, El Paso, TX

 Downtown El Paso, TX

Downtown El Paso, TX

 Downtown El Paso, TX

Downtown El Paso, TX

 L & J Cafe, El Paso, TX

L & J Cafe, El Paso, TX

 El Paso, TX, looking south toward downtown, Segundo Barrio, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, MX

El Paso, TX, looking south toward downtown, Segundo Barrio, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, MX

Mouth of Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park, TX

 Sam Nail Ranch, Big Bend National Park, TX

Sam Nail Ranch, Big Bend National Park, TX

 Terlingua, TX

Terlingua, TX

 Chisos Basin, Big Bend National Park, TX

Chisos Basin, Big Bend National Park, TX

 Terlingua, TX

Terlingua, TX

 J.O. Langford Settlement, Big Bend National Park, TX

J.O. Langford Settlement, Big Bend National Park, TX

 J.O. Langford Settlement, Big Bend National Park, TX

J.O. Langford Settlement, Big Bend National Park, TX

 Javelina, Big Bend National Park, TX

Javelina, Big Bend National Park, TX

  Finding shade in Mexico, viewed from north of the Rio Bravo, near the former settlement of La Coyota

 Finding shade in Mexico, viewed from north of the Rio Bravo, near the former settlement of La Coyota

 Rio Grande/Rio Bravo, viewed from the River Road, Highway 170, TX

Rio Grande/Rio Bravo, viewed from the River Road, Highway 170, TX

 Dawn outside Terlingua, TX

Dawn outside Terlingua, TX

 Sunset over Terlingua, TX

Sunset over Terlingua, TX