In what can aptly be described as a preemptive strike against online retailers like Amazon, major Japanese bookstore chain Kinokuniya bought up to 90% of the first print run of Haruki Murakami’s latest book of essays, Novelist as a Vocation....more
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Deep pain and deep beauty oscillate throughout Sagawa’s work, often triggered in the same image. “Insects pierce green through the orchard,” she writes in “Like a Cloud.” “The sky has countless scars. The skin of the earth emerges there, burning like a cloud.”
For the New Yorker, Adrienne Raphel details the renewed interest in Sagawa Chika, one of the most unique yet seldom-read poets in early-20th-century Japan, and her influence on modernist aesthetics of Japanese poetry....more
“There’s no use of me singing ‘I can’t stop loooooooving you’ to you, I suppose.”
We beg to differ, Haruki: The Rumpus would love to hear your crooning Ray Charles rendition. Alas, author Haruki Murakami hasn’t serenaded us yet, but he has committed to responding to over 40,000 letters in his advice column (site in Japanese), including his musings on feline egos....more
Young people who aren’t interested in marriage or children, sure, but young people who aren’t interested in sex?
According to this article in the Guardian, that’s increasingly the case in Japan, where a government survey “found that 45% of women aged 16-24 ‘were not interested in or despised sexual contact'” and “an astonishing 90% of young women believe that staying single is ‘preferable to what they imagine marriage to be like.'”
Read the whole thing for more on a dominatrix turned relationship counselor, adult-diaper sales vs....more
Jake Adelstein possesses an obsessive, infectious energy, coupled with an immense generosity and an ability to be, when necessary, stringently ruthless. This combination serves him well in the line of work that he half-chose, half-stumbled into: Adelstein is the guy who keeps the yakuza honest....more
With wit and insight, Dany Laferriere, the Haitian-Canadian novelist, explores national identity and cultural authenticity in his latest book, I Am a Japanese Writer....more
I’m not going to try to bring you breaking news on this story–the situation is too fluid, and you don’t come to The Rumpus for that sort of story anyway, at least I don’t think you do. Instead I’m going to try to link to more peripheral stories....more
In this debut novel, an American woman running from personal tragedy falls headlong into the confusions and solaces of Japanese culture....more
Start your weekend off with some fine Victorian era photographs of Japan.
The Guardian UK takes a look at unreliable narrators.
Jeez, stop talking about the upcoming 2010 Shanghai World Expo, move on man, 2012’s will be way radder.
Long story short, everything in your house is trying to kill you....more
I’m fascinated by cultural cross-pollination when it comes to art. The Beatles dug Buddy Holly, the psychedelic bands of San Francisco dug the Beatles, the Britpop bands of the nineties dug those psychedelic bands, and the Dandy Warhols watered down those Britpop bands....more