Ready for a little Yuletide reading?

| Dec 14, 2008

Ready for a little Yuletide reading?

by Steve Finbow

BAT-MANGA!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan, by Chip Kidd (Pantheon Books) The story of how the 1960s television show “Batman,” starring Adam West as the (very camp) caped crusader, influenced manga art and Japanese culture in general. It’s a gorgeous book for ...

Ready for a little Yuletide reading?

| Dec 14, 2008

Ready for a little Yuletide reading?

by David Cozy

FOR THE FIGHTING SPIRIT OF THE WALNUT by Takashi Hiraide, translated by Sawako Nakayasu (New Directions) In “For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut,” Takashi Hiraide shows us that poetry need not be chopped-prose maunderings on the changing of the seasons, the sun setting ...

Ready for a little Yuletide reading?

| Dec 14, 2008

Ready for a little Yuletide reading?

by Mark Schreiber

THE FOURTH WATCHER by Timothy Hallinan (William Morrow) American Poke Rafferty is not a martial arts expert, secret operative or private investigator, but rather a Bangkok-based travel writer who keeps winding up in interesting predicaments. Timothy Hallinan’s second novel featuring Rafferty — his first ...

Ready for a little Yuletide reading?

| Dec 14, 2008

Ready for a little Yuletide reading?

by David Burleigh

SAKHALIN ISLAND by Anton Chekhov, translated by Brian Reeve (Oneworld Classics) “The Japanese were the first to begin exploring Sakhalin, starting in 1613,” says Anton Chekhov in his detailed 1890 account of conditions on the northern island. I picked up this book after visiting ...

Ready for a little Yuletide reading?

| Dec 14, 2008

Ready for a little Yuletide reading?

by Donald Richie

BASHO: The Complete Haiku, translated by Jane Reichhold (Kodansha International) Japan’s most revered poet has never before had all of his haiku translated into English and gathered into one volume. Translator Jane Reichhold spent nearly 10 years at this task and our reward is ...

Ready for a little Yuletide reading?

| Dec 14, 2008

Ready for a little Yuletide reading?

by Stephen Mansfield

YOJOKUN: Life Lessons From a Samurai, by Kaibara Ekiken (Kodansha International) This publisher has been bringing out some extremely interesting but commercially risky titles recently, including the wonderfully obtuse “The Structure of Iki.” Now comes “Yojokun,” another fascinating title from the vaults of specialization. ...