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Judy Blume talks Tumblr, possible new book

May 4, 2016

Judy Blume talks Tumblr, possible new book

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Judy Blume has many projects on her mind. She recently helped open a bookstore in Key West, Florida, where she lives much of the year. She’s starting to promote the paperback edition of her novel “In the Unlikely Event,” set in her native New ...

Black Illumination: the abyss of Keiji Nishitani

Apr 30, 2016

Black Illumination: the abyss of Keiji Nishitani

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I’ve always felt there are basically two kinds of philosophers: those who begin in wonder and those who begin in despair. Though the philosopher Keiji Nishitani (1900-90) was arguably the latter kind, he struggled throughout his life to see the world with wonder. At ...

In search of Japan's own Shakespeare

Apr 23, 2016

In search of Japan's own Shakespeare

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April 23 marked the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), the greatest dramatist of the English speaking world. The anniversary has a particular resonance here: Few countries in the world have embraced Shakespeare with Japan’s sustained passion. The Bard in Japan: ...

Donald Richie: The legacy of an entrenched view

Apr 16, 2016

Donald Richie: The legacy of an entrenched view

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The late Donald Richie lived at apartment number 804 in a block directly facing Shinobazu Pond in Tokyo’s Ueno Park. The writer would lead visitors through his home’s dimly lit entrance area — crammed with bookshelves — and his minuscule living room to the ...