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Author - Will Harris

Visit The Tale of Genji Art Exhibit at The Met

What is The Tale of Genji? The Tale of Genji, a Japanese story written in the 11th century, is important for several reasons: it’s thought to be the world’s first true ‘novel’, it’s an historically vital peek into the world of Japanese aristocracy during the Heian period, and most importantly it was written by a woman, the lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu. The novel...

The Faculty of Dreams Review

Review: The Faculty of Dreams by Sara Stridsberg

The Faculty of Dreams | Translated from the Swedish by Deborah Bragan-Turner “I’ll give you some advice if you’re sad, because the story ends here. Invite home a ragged girl panhandler who needs somewhere to sleep and something to eat … Stop in the subway and talk to the psychotic hookers … Ask where she comes from, what she needs, what you can help with, what she...

Lanny Max Porter

Review: Lanny by Max Porter

Lanny by Max Porter  “Dead Papa Toothwort wakes from his standing nap an acre wide and scrapes off dream dregs of bitumen glistening thick with liquid globs of litter.” The most extraordinary thing about Lanny is just how ordinary it is, even as it presents us with the story of a folk creature made of moss and dirt coming to life and hunting down a young child...

Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights

Bookstores Around the World: Mr. B’s Emporium (Bath, UK)

Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights A bookstore with a name this glorious couldn’t live anywhere but Bath. One of the oldest and most architecturally beautiful little cities in all of the UK, Bath is a favourite place to visit amongst literary types. The city has a Jane Austen museum (with a gift shop), the historic Roman baths which gave the town its name...

Tokyo Ueno Station

Review: Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri

Written by Yu Miri | Translated by Morgan Giles Here is a Japanese novel about social outcasts and the struggling and underappreciated working class, written by a social outcast, and translated by a proud socialist. Tokyo Ueno Station provides a harsh and honest look at the ways in which twentieth-century Japan has treated its people. Yu Miri was born in Japan to...

Brooklyn Bookstores

The Five Best Bookstores of Brooklyn

Williamsburg, Brooklyn is a delightful microcosm of all that’s trendy with today’s millennials. To our UK-based readers, it is to New York what Bristol is to, well, all of England. The area has vegan cafes, record stores, poetry events, and five unique and wonderful bookstores. While the bookstore as a retail space is not faring so well across the whole of the US, in...

Review: The Day the Sun Died by Yan Lianke

Written by Yan Lianke | Translated by Carlos Rojas If it moves like a dream and talks like a dream, it must be a dream. If it kills, it should be stopped. Yan Lianke is not beloved by his own government. Like all great artists, he has the skill and the confidence to hold up a mirror to the face of his society. This face doesn’t like what it sees, and so it hides the...