2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the writer lafcadio hearn's arrival in the united states. hearn, while not a household name, is well established in some literary circles and certainly known in parts of japan where he spent his final years crafting his interpretation of japanese culture and folklore.
however, his meandering career started in ohio where, as a fledgling writer for the cincinnati enquirer, he depicted all manner of morbidity and murder that regularly startled his readers. with one eye lost to a childhood accident, his unique appetites later led him to new orleans and martinique as well as many other stops en route to japan's ghosts.
to commemorate the several hearn-related events that are taking place here in cincinnati and abroad, i have created this piece that may or may not also serve as some spitballing for a larger collaborative project.
artist, former woxy loyalist.