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22 Jan
Chapter 22 “Gray Smoke” is back in the End of the World. The Gatekeeper continues to burn the beasts, and Boku is blinded by the reflection of the sun off fresh snowfall. His eyes are in such pain that he … Continue reading
18 Jan
Murakami’s new advice column/blog is online: http://www.welluneednt.com/ The site is titled 村上さんのところ (Murakami-san’s place)—pretty standard—but the domain name is curious. I was disappointed that I didn’t recognize it from the jazz standard “Well, You Needn’t,” a 1944 Thelonious Monk composition. … Continue reading
5 Jan
I have another Bilingual page column in the Japan Times today: “The myths and misery of translating Japanese video games.” It’s sort of a redux of my post “On Translation and Me” (which was later syndicated at Kotaku) with a … Continue reading
5 Jan
Final post for Chapter 21 “Bracelets, Ben Johnson, Devil,” the final chapter of the first half of the novel. As we’ve seen in Posts 1, 2, 3, and 4, this chapter is long and isolates Watashi and the Girl in … Continue reading
4 Jan
Happy New Year, folks. Yoroshiku and all that jazz in 2015. Apologies for the delay with the Hard-boiled Wonderland Project. Two more posts in Chapter 21 “Bracelets, Ben Johnson, Devil” and I’ll be finished with half of the novel. Here … Continue reading
24 Dec
Everyone needs an obsession or two. I don’t know how people get by in life without at least one. Well, that’s not totally true. I’m sure there are some dull folks out there who are content to work, watch prime … Continue reading
8 Dec
I have a new column over at the Japan Times: “Going backward to get ahead with studying Japanese.” I take an idea that Jay Rubin discusses at length in his book “Making Sense of Japanese: What the Textbooks Don’t Tell … Continue reading
27 Nov
In my nostalgic reminiscing about the National Diet Library, I forgot to introduce one of the coolest parts of my new essay over at Neojaponisme, “Murakami Haruki’s Advertorial Short Stories”: While I was writing it, I found another cut in … Continue reading
20 Nov
Sometimes when an experience is particularly unique and irreplaceable it feels to me like a sort of premature nostalgia, if that makes any sense. It’s qualitatively different from knowing that you likely won’t be able to do something again. It’s … Continue reading
6 Oct
My latest column is in the Japan Times Bilingual page today: “Discovering verb stems: A gokan oasis in the desert of gobi” I address what was for me one of the most difficult adjustments to make during my first year … Continue reading
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