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Banana Yoshimoto

Her eyes were those of someone who’s just fallen in love, someone who sees nothing but her lover, someone who has no fear of anything. The eyes of someone who believes that every dream will come true, that reality will move if you just give it a push. — Banana Yoshimoto, Asleep. (Grove Press August… Continue reading Banana Yoshimoto

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Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

In the mansion called literature I would have the eaves deep and the walls dark, I would push back into the shadows the things that come forward too clearly, I would strip away the useless decoration. I do not ask that this be done everywhere, but perhaps we may be allowed at least one mansion… Continue reading Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

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Shinkichi Takahashi

The wind blows hard among the pines Toward the beginning Of an endless past. Listen: you’ve heard everything. — Shinkichi Takahashi, “Wind Among The Pines,” Where We Are: Selected Poems and Zen Translations. Editor & Trans. Lucien Stryk (Skoob Books, 1997)

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Haruki Murakami

Most people are not looking for provable truths. As you said, truth is often accompanied by intense pain, and almost no one is looking for painful truths. What people need is beautiful, comforting stories that make them feel as if their lives have some meaning. — Haruki Murakami, 1Q84. (Shinchosha October 25, 2011)

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