I’m a sixth-year phd candidate in cultural anthropology at Yale University, home from two years of fieldwork in and around Tokyo on cultures of in/security in earthquake disaster preparedness. My dissertation work is described here. I write a monthly column at 3quarksdaily.com. If you aren’t already a regular reader of 3QD, there’s lots of great writing to be found there - be sure to check it out. A few writers past and present who always set my heart a-poundin’: Michel Serres, Michel Leiris, Paul Virilio, Alphonso Lingis, Nicholson Baker, Wolfgang Borchert, Joan Didion, Donald Barthelme, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Kon Wajiro. I’m also a big fan of folk wisdom and have made this proverb site where I’ve collected some of my favorites from over the years. Bring any questions and comments about architectonic tokyo to ryan.sayre (at) yale.edu  Many thanks!