Anthony Head

is a long-term resident of Japan and works for a Japanese news agency in Tokyo. His articles have appeared in numerous journals, including History Today, Prospect and the TLS. The editor of two volumes of letters of John Cowper Powys, his collection of a new volume of essays by Llewelyn Powys is forthcoming in 2010.


Caught on a bus in rush-hour Tokyo, Anthony Head wonders whether Schopenhauer was right that immunity to noise is proof of idiocy. Could the impassive facades of his fellow travellers be concealing something more spiritual?

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