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Cypulchre

by Andrew Lee

Many writers have tried in vain to emulate the cool tech-lingo-driven prose of author William Gibson’s early cyberpunk fiction, and ...

Last Words from Montmartre

Jul 26, 2014

Last Words from Montmartre

by David Cozy

Qiu Miaojin tells us that her novel features “a plot that has long since disappeared.” That these reflections on narrative are part of “Last Words,” the novel they serve to elucidate, and that they are apt, places Qiu’s novel squarely at the avant-garde end ...

Umami: the taste we love but can't describe

Jul 19, 2014

Umami: the taste we love but can't describe

by Melinda Joe

The word “umami” is, in many ways, literally a mouthful. First coined in 1909 by Japanese chemist Kikunae Ikeda, the term translates roughly as “deliciousness.” With its satisfying, round consonants and open vowel sounds, the word approaches onomatopoeia — a phonetic approximation of the ...

Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential

Jul 19, 2014

Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential

by Elliott Samuels

“Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential” was first published in 2010, offering readers a rare insight into a growing global fascination with the image of the Japanese schoolgirl. This revised edition features eight new sections that focus on developments on the subject, including an analysis of the ...

Black Rose Alice vol. 1

Jul 19, 2014

Black Rose Alice vol. 1

by Daniel Robson

When I was a kid, vampires were blood-sucking monsters in stories of terror and fright, but nowadays they’re all romantic Romeos whose interest is not so much in blood as in the lovelorn heart that pumps it. Black Rose Alice vol. 1, by Setona ...

All You Need is Kill

Jul 12, 2014

All You Need is Kill

by Andrew Lee

To tie in with the release of the film “Edge of Tomorrow,” Haikasoru has published a graphic novel based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s “All You Need is Kill,” from which the film was adapted. Not to be confused with the manga version of the same ...

A firsthand account of vice and profit in Edo

Jul 5, 2014

A firsthand account of vice and profit in Edo

by Tyler Rothmar

Riding the circular Yamanote Line on a Sunday in Tokyo, it is easy to daydream. Those who have found themselves at times wondering what the city might have been like in the past are likely to enjoy the aptly named “Lust, Commerce, and Corruption: ...

Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories

Jul 5, 2014

Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories

by William Bradbury

It is noticeable that the tales in “Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories” by Ryunosuke Akutagawa change in tone and style alongside the mental state and interests of the writer. Akutagawa’s most famed early works (including the titular story) are intricately woven setups for moral ...