Tag: Japan

  • Moore, Moorcock and more!

    Thanks to a tip on Neil Gaiman’s blog, I am going to an evening with Alan Moore in conversation with Michael Moorcock at Blackwells, Charing Cross on 18th Jan. Of MM’s massive output* I’ve only read the wonderful Mother London, but I the sequel on standby and I might eventually delve into his fantasy/sci-fi if…

  • Bodhidharma’s Eyelids – Chapter 1 (cont.)

    He went to the fridge to replace the milk. On the third shelf was a single man’s black leather shoe. It was a left shoe, it looked expensive and it had not been there this morning. Lipton knew without looking that it was size ten and a half. The rainbow trout stuffed head first into…

  • April Reading List

    Damsel in Distress – P G Wodehouse Another seemingly effortless piece of Wodehouse brilliance. It is reassuring to know that he actually spent ages rewriting drafts, refining his lines and polishing his sparkling wit. Dreaming War – Gore VidalA collection of essays about American Imperialism, blood for oil, other US outrages from WWII onwards.. Including…

  • friends in high places

    I went to an absolutely amazing seminar today by Professor Tetsuro Matsuzawa from Kyoto University Primate Centre.. he does completely cool research with chimpanzees both in Japan and field study in west africa. Stevie Walker was in the audience while this cute, cuddly, smiley and very funny Japanese man was telling us about how clever…

  • wonderland

    I was in close proximity to a hero of mine on Thursday. And as I should have expected, it wasn’t quite like I expected. Haruki Murakami was giving his first public appearance in this country at the Prince Charles cinema. Talking about his books and, more reluctantly, about himself. It had been arranged by Waterstones…