Speaking In Tongues (And Writing In Them, Too) (2017/12/10 08:00)
"Translators are people who read books for us."
Book Nook Dept. (2017/03/19 10:00)
Ten things from my shelf I'd take into isolation, 2017 edition.
Picaresque (2012/02/20 12:58)
If No Longer Human somehow managed to take Osamu Dazai's furious little novel and make a bloated bore of a movie out of it, Picaresque ends up doing the same thing with Dazai himself. It's a biopic that touches on...
No Longer Human / Ningen Shikkaku (2010) (2012/02/19 11:49)
A glitzy and hollow adaptation of a book that was anything but those two things.
No Longer Human Vol. #3 (Usamaru Furuya, Osamu Dazai) (2012/02/11 10:30)
The manga adaptation of Japan's "Requiem for a Dream" comes to an unforgiving close, just as it should.
No Longer Human, Vol. #2 (Usamaru Furuya / Osamu Dazai) (2011/12/23 02:35)
Further down the spiral with both Osamu Dazai and his 21st-century interpretation via manga master Usamaru Furuya.
No Longer Human Vol. #1 (Usamaru Furuya / Osamu Dazai) (2011/10/18 07:08)
A magnificent bleak manga adaptation of Japan's "Requiem for a Dream". Still timely and relevant -- and bleak.
Losing It In Translation (Again) Dept. (2011/09/19 11:51)
I have been preparing for the English-language release of Usamaru Furuya's manga adaptation of Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human by re-reading the original novel in its English translation (by Donald Keene), with the Japanese text open to the side. It's...
Schoolgirl (Osamu Dazai) (2011/09/15 10:50)
A short but stinging piece from the author of "No Longer Human", in English for the first time.
Then and Now Dept. (2011/09/01 12:54)
[I've been deeply embroiled in work, but I've found some pieces I wrote but never published which I thought would be good to post after a little cleanup, just to keep things rolling here. I'll be posting one a day...
Dehumanizer Dept. (2011/06/24 08:22)
It's so very, very hard not to start babbling like a little kid about some things. In between meetings in the city over the last couple of days, I ran over to Kinokuniya and found the third volume of the...
Illustrated Classics Dept. (2009/09/18 04:45)
From AICN Anime: Four classic works of Japanese literature will be adapted into the 12-episode Aoi Bungaku (Blue Literature) anime television series, set to premier on October 10. Adaptated works include:Osamu Dazai’s No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku) Run, Melos! (Hashire,...
Troublemakers and Hard Workers Dept. (2008/11/11 05:41)
People are perennially curious about the personalities of artists, healthy and dysfunctional alike. Small wonder the biographies of authors capture my attention. Easy example: I dug up not one but two separate biographies of Yukio Mishima—one by John Nathan,...
Science fiction, rebooted.
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