How could I possibly resist Hiromi Kawakami’s Strange Weather in Tokyo? As soon as I glimpsed Natsumi Hayashi’s cover photograph (see right) I knew I had to read it. The woman looks as if she’s being reeled in by homely temptations, just like in those old cartoons when the aroma of a freshly baked pie … More Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami
When I was young, if I was reading and came across a word that I didn’t understand, I’d ask my mum what it meant. She’d say, “do you want the long or the short version?” The short version would be a pithy, maximum-three-sentences definition of the word. The long version would be a substantial monologue … More A Very Brief Introduction.