laughingatmynightmare:

Kirkus said my book has “swagger.” Holy crap. :D

Really cannot wait for this book to come out. 

I finished LOVESTAR by over the weekend and I am so bummed. It’s one of those novels that you just wish lasted longer. 
It’s a really imaginative sci-fi from iceland that takes place in a wonderfully absurd future that feels all-too-real at times. It took me a few attempts to be able to describe the story to friends as I was reading it, but it was impossible not to talk about and I am truly looking forward to reading it again. 
I don’t want to give away too much— you should just read it. 
I promise you will not be sorry. 

I finished LOVESTAR by over the weekend and I am so bummed. It’s one of those novels that you just wish lasted longer. 

It’s a really imaginative sci-fi from iceland that takes place in a wonderfully absurd future that feels all-too-real at times. It took me a few attempts to be able to describe the story to friends as I was reading it, but it was impossible not to talk about and I am truly looking forward to reading it again. 

I don’t want to give away too much— you should just read it.

I promise you will not be sorry. 

pritheworld:

Lingering in indefinite pre-deportation detention in York County prison in western Pennsylvania while their asylum cases and ensuing rounds of appeals were pending, a group of the Golden Venture survivors began creating intricate paper sculptures, including this model of the ship. (Photo: Katja Heinemann)
Click here to read Golden Venture: 20 Years After a Tragic Voyage

The Snakehead by Patrick Radden Keefe is a really excellent book about the Golden Venture and Chinese Immigration to the US via New York City’s Chinatown.Highly recommended.

pritheworld:

Lingering in indefinite pre-deportation detention in York County prison in western Pennsylvania while their asylum cases and ensuing rounds of appeals were pending, a group of the Golden Venture survivors began creating intricate paper sculptures, including this model of the ship. (Photo: Katja Heinemann)

Click here to read Golden Venture: 20 Years After a Tragic Voyage

The Snakehead by Patrick Radden Keefe is a really excellent book about the Golden Venture and Chinese Immigration to the US via New York City’s Chinatown.

Highly recommended.

Recommended reading?

HelllllloooOoooOoooOooo internet!

I am about to embark on a beachy vacation with 13 hour flights at each end of it, and I am looking for a few good books. Read anything awesome lately? 

I like all kinds of books, but most especially good ones.  Reply me with your favorites please? 

Thank you in advance. You are the best. I promise I will make another post of good books I’ve read recently in return.

<3
:DS

Cannot stop reading this book!

Cannot stop reading this book!


There’s been ongoing discussion/controversy about whether Battle Royale inspired The Hunger Games. I finally got around to watching the the movie and reading the book*, and I’m really glad I did. 

I don’t really like gory movies (as you can see from the Gif Set above, the movie is pretty fucking violent) but the violence in Battle Royale is tinged with a comforting over-the-topness that Japanese cinema does so well. It’s just unreal enough that it’s not as unsettling as it should be. I can’t wait to watch it again.

Watching the movie a couple weeks ago had me really hungry to read the book, and I spent pretty much all of Saturday devouring the last 61% of it on my iPad. It’s even better than the movie. Having spent age 15 and 16 in Japan as an exchange student, it was especially delightful to re-immerse myself in the Japanese high school experience, which Koushun Takami absolutely nails in the book. The translation is a little cheesy in spots, but the characters are totally recognizable to me and the storytelling is wonderfully nuanced in a way that I can only describe as spectacularly Japanese. 

There are definitely some eyebrow-raising parallels between Battle Royale and The Hunger Games, but at the end of the day, they’re both great stories told from very different perspectives. 

Bottom Line- Battle Royale is a really great movie, an even better book, and an excellent companion piece to the Hunger Games. Highly recommended!

*Sorry it took me so long, John Bunting!!! We were both right!!! 

Thanks to Spiraphobia for the illustrative GifSet. It looks like this post has been reblogged over and over for this very same purpose, which I <3<3<3.

(Source: seeds-of-uzumaki)

If you were a regular reader of NYMag.com, TheAwl, or Gawker in the fall of 2009, you might vaguely remember the breathless coverage of all the bloggers and writers who went on the Thrillist/JetBlue Junket where the most notable thing that happened was Obama Girl getting mildly injured by falling lighting equipment.
Gawker stirred up a kerfuffle over the attendance of a freelancer for the New York Times.  The Times first defended the freelancer, saying he wasn&#8217;t on assignment, then reversed course and terminated his services.
Later, Gawker reversed course and criticised the Times for the firing. 
The freelancer, Mike Albo tells the story in his own words in The Junket. Let&#8217;s just say that the revenge is sweet.  Here&#8217;s a couple of excerpts to whet your appetite:

This story needs to be told without much fictionalization or Allegory, from my point of view. It&#8217;s not like I want to do it this way. I wish I could transmute my middle-aged gay pain into some teen vampire drama. But I do need to bend the truth a bit or i will get into even more trouble. So think of this as a memoir with a fictional $3000 sheer Thai silk veil lightly draped over it.

and

Let me explain: If you haven&#8217;t been to Manhattan in the last ten years, you should know that it no longer trades in durable fungible goods except for artisanal cheese and celebrity cupcakes. These days, the city is a marketplace of intangible ideas and the internet efforts that promulgate them. Now people make millions by crowd-sourcing, aggregating, and hedging funds.

You can get the kindle Single for $1.99&#160;here. It&#8217;s absolutely a must-read if you are interested in journalism, media, or great writing.

If you were a regular reader of NYMag.com, TheAwl, or Gawker in the fall of 2009, you might vaguely remember the breathless coverage of all the bloggers and writers who went on the Thrillist/JetBlue Junket where the most notable thing that happened was Obama Girl getting mildly injured by falling lighting equipment.

Gawker stirred up a kerfuffle over the attendance of a freelancer for the New York Times.  The Times first defended the freelancer, saying he wasn’t on assignment, then reversed course and terminated his services.

Later, Gawker reversed course and criticised the Times for the firing.

The freelancer, Mike Albo tells the story in his own words in The Junket. Let’s just say that the revenge is sweet.  Here’s a couple of excerpts to whet your appetite:

This story needs to be told without much fictionalization or Allegory, from my point of view. It’s not like I want to do it this way. I wish I could transmute my middle-aged gay pain into some teen vampire drama. But I do need to bend the truth a bit or i will get into even more trouble. So think of this as a memoir with a fictional $3000 sheer Thai silk veil lightly draped over it.

and

Let me explain: If you haven’t been to Manhattan in the last ten years, you should know that it no longer trades in durable fungible goods except for artisanal cheese and celebrity cupcakes. These days, the city is a marketplace of intangible ideas and the internet efforts that promulgate them. Now people make millions by crowd-sourcing, aggregating, and hedging funds.

You can get the kindle Single for $1.99 here. It’s absolutely a must-read if you are interested in journalism, media, or great writing.

amandalynferri:

buzzfeed:

[First Official Photo Of Gale And Peeta From The Hunger Games Movie]

PEEEEETA!!!!!

I just started reading the Hunger Games Trilogy on Amanda&#8217;s recommendation and it is OUT OF CONTROL good so far. 

amandalynferri:

buzzfeed:

[First Official Photo Of Gale And Peeta From The Hunger Games Movie]

PEEEEETA!!!!!

I just started reading the Hunger Games Trilogy on Amanda’s recommendation and it is OUT OF CONTROL good so far. 

I just finished Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein. It&#8217;s written by an American guy who managed to land a job at the Yomiuri Shimbun, the biggest and most prestigeous Newspaper in Japan. He became a crime reporter, covering the red light district in Tokyo and getting himself on a Yakuza hit list.
It&#8217;s a great read, especially if you&#8217;ve ever been a gaijin in Japan.
Here&#8217;s a link to the amazon page, and here&#8217;s a link to a fresh air interview with Jake Adelstein from last year.

I just finished Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein. It’s written by an American guy who managed to land a job at the Yomiuri Shimbun, the biggest and most prestigeous Newspaper in Japan. He became a crime reporter, covering the red light district in Tokyo and getting himself on a Yakuza hit list.

It’s a great read, especially if you’ve ever been a gaijin in Japan.

Here’s a link to the amazon page, and here’s a link to a fresh air interview with Jake Adelstein from last year.

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