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Finding the locus of David Mitchell

Apr 2, 2016

Finding the locus of David Mitchell

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David Mitchell’s world is always growing. Raised in England’s West Midlands, Mitchell lived in London for a time before moving to Japan in 1994 — while he was in his 20s — to work as an English teacher. After eight years in Hiroshima, he ...

Book lover in Hyogo opens home as used bookstore

Mar 24, 2016

Book lover in Hyogo opens home as used bookstore

A secondhand bookstore in a residential area on a green hill in Kawanishi, Hyogo Prefecture, opens only for two days a month. The store, called “Books + Kotobanoie,” is in a tasteful one-story wooden house surrounded by wood fences — home of Hirohisa Kato, ...

The human stories lining the Kiso Road

Mar 19, 2016

The human stories lining the Kiso Road

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Many — some might say too many — travel writers build their books around a version of themselves. In spite of all the interesting places Paul Theroux visits, for example, the most memorable thing in most of his travel writing is “Paul Theroux.” William ...

There's just one problem with Marie Kondo's 'Spark Joy'

Mar 19, 2016

There's just one problem with Marie Kondo's 'Spark Joy'

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In “Spark Joy” Marie Kondo, the decluttering guru and publishing phenomenon, looks to build on the success of her debut, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” by more or less repeating herself. The only noticeable additions are cute illustrations revealing how to fold panties ...