Posts Tagged: tokyo

Album of the Week: Mellow Waves by Cornelius

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Cornelius is the alter ego of the legendary Japanese composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Keigo Oyamada. Twenty years after releasing their iconic album Fantasma in 1997, and putting an end to an eleven-year-long silence, the Tokyo-based musician and his band are now back with Mellow Waves, out now via Rostrum Records. Having shifted from the postmodern cut-and-paste […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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In Chicago, Aimee Levitt wonders how many bookstores she can visit in a single day to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day. Meanwhile, in Seattle, Moira Macdonald explains how she planned on maximizing the number of stores she visited.

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The Rumpus Interview with Lauren Elkin

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Writer and academic Lauren Elkin discusses her latest book Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London, the freedoms and constraints of urban space for women, and the power of first person.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Revolution Books in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan is literally advocating for real revolution. Broadway Books in Portland, Oregon spent Inauguration Day handing out Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists. Dallas, Texas is getting an independent bookstore.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Although Brooklyn stalwart BookCourt is sadly set to close at the end of the year, Modern Lovers author and former BookCourt employee Emma Straub plans to open a new shop in the the neighborhood. Books Are Magic, as the shop will be called, will be 1,500 square feet and hopes to open by April. Straub wouldn’t be […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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London bookstores are turning off Wi-Fi access, hoping to keep buyers focused on books rather than the net. African-American bookstore Marcus Books is returning to the Fillmore District in San Francisco after being forced out of its previous home of three decades over rising rents. While Beijing has been shutting down Hong Kong bookstores, mainland […]

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This Week in Short Fiction

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Some people write about dystopian futures, or reimagined folktales, or ghosts, or science fiction. Sequoia Nagamatsu, author of the upcoming story collection Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone, does it all. The debut collection, out this month from Black Lawrence Press, weaves Japanese folklore and pop culture into fantastical plots and futuristic […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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A Saudi Arabian bookstore chain has removed Donald Trump’s book from its shelves because of offensive comments the real estate developer and reality television star has made during his presidential campaign. A bookstore in Saratoga Springs bookstore found itself the target of a ranting man who threatened to put the shop out of business for […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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More than 150 faculty and staff have signed a letter of protest over the commercialization of the York University bookstore in Toronto, Canada. Meanwhile, Notre Dame’s bookstore is making tons of money. A Chicago-area bookstore doesn’t intend to earn much money. The rare art book store is hoping to balance the books with alternative revenue streams. […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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A bookstore-themed hostel will open in Tokyo this month allowing guests to sleep inside bookshelves. Kate Gavino launched her illustrated bookstore tribute Last Night’s Reading and she offers up some illustrated advice for attending readings at bookstores. An Indian duo left their corporate jobs to become roving booksellers with Walking Bookfairs. They launched the idea […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Hong Kong is dominated by two kinds of bookstores—the independent shops specializing in political books and pornography banned by China and the shops secretly owned by Beijing’s communist government. A Tokyo-based bookstore hosting a book fair centered around democracy and freedom suspended the event after criticism. Customers nostalgic for Borders bookstores need only to head […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Tokyo’s Morioka Shoten stocks just one book. Shop owner Yoshiyuki Morioka selects a single book each week to sell in his austere boutique. A new non-profit bookstore in Istanbul, Turkey seeks to focus on Arab culture and the refugee experience as a response to the increasing number of Syrian intellectuals migrating to the city. An unassuming […]

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Tokyo Underbelly: A Link List

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If you have seen photographs of neon-soaked Tokyo streets, you have most likely seen Shinjuku, and if you know anything about Shinjuku, you will know Kabuki-cho. Kabuki-cho is Tokyo’s notorious red-light center, Nobuyoshi Araki’s ‘Lucky hole’. A stroll through this district is a hedonistic assault on the senses; vying for your attention are the Hostess […]

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