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literature, Hotels, ghosts

Brando's room

by Craig Mod

Higashiyama ward — “Most Japanese girls giggle,” begins Capote’s 1957 profile on Marlon Brando for The New Yorker. I first came across this piece a few years ago during my Capote phase in which I was hunting down and devouring any and every piece of his writing I could find. This one resonated in a particularly powerful way. Capote wasn’t just profiling Brando, he was profiling him in a post-war Kyoto that I had ne...

literature, Books

...the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.

by Greg James Donahue

New york — I discovered a copy of T.E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom on a low shelf in the bookstore across the street. It’s a wonderful read - an autobiography with all the lyricism and depth of a great n...

Market, literature, Books

The Book Market

by Steve Dearden

London — I used to circle the London Book Fair like I was lost in strange water. There are more big fish in suits and power dresses there than in my small book pond. You overhear phrases like, ‘Of course their...

literature, Bookstore, The Sixties

Big Table

by David Wade Chambers

Aireys inlet — Last week, as part of a drive to downsize my library and de-clutter my life, I threw the above issue of Big Table into the waste bin. For many people who value ‘the life of the mind,’ as it was once ...

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