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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.
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Holiday Must-See Movie: 'Into the Woods'

LGBT / Gay : Towleroad (2 hours ago)

"Go to the wood!" is Streep's wish your command? BY NATHANIEL ROGERS Once upon a time Stephen Sondheim wrote a musical classic INTO THE WOODS. The first act brings together classic fairy tale characters into one comic misadventure a... Read Post

Foreign views of Japan

Academics / Literature : The Literary Saloon (4 years ago)

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

Who Needs Inspiration to Write? I Need More Time!

Entertainment / Books : Huffington Post: Books Blog (9 hours ago)

Writer Dinty Moore recently posted a pithy Jack London quote on his Facebook page : "You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." That made me chuckle. It reinforces the popular notion that writers are effet... Read Post

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