The Japan Times has a nice piece by Roger Pulvers on the great early Soviet writer Boris Pilnyak (I wrote about him here, and I see I promised to write about his masterpiece, The Naked Year, which I still haven't done). The Pulvers piece focuses on his visit to Japan and the book he wrote about it, ????? ????????? ?????? (Roots of the Japanese sun), which I've been wanting to read ever since Sashura told me his Japanese professor had recommended it.
Author Simon Kuper wrote a story for ESPNFC about the 2014 World Cup in Brazil today. It contains some great insights into why mega sporting events never have the economic benefits their organizers promise. It also pinpoints the rea... Read Post
In The Japan Times Roger Pulvers finds Twin tours de force offer insights into Japan not lost in translation, as he maintains: The year 2010 may come to be seen as a landmark in terms of literature written in English that draws on J... Read Post