Landscape artist Marc Peter Keane’s most recent collection of essays, “Of Arcs and Circles,” pulses with wisdom. His meandering insights inspire frequent reading breaks for further contemplation, provoking an experience similar to walking around the “off-balance balance” designs of his Japanese gardens.
As a garden expert and writer who has lived in Kyoto for more than 20 years, Keane’s essays, like his design work, are deeply influenced by Japanese aesthetics. His words loop easily from metaphysical questioning to practical observations, with clear nods to the winding structure of the Japanese zuihitsu personal essay form. “Of Arcs and Circles,” however, is not strictly for Japanophiles.