Review: Record of a Night Too Brief by Hiromi Kawakami (trans. Lucy North)

Three pages into Record of a Night Too Brief my margin notes start up a storm. “Magic realism minus realism and magic?”, the first one says. Then, “Dream world realism”, then, “Fairy tale!”, which is quickly scribbled out, replaced with, “Absolutely not a fairy tale.” Halfway in I gave up on naming a genre and switched to marking passages with exclamation and question marks. 

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Review: Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith

So when I like something, I like it on repeat. I mean this in the broadest sense possible: with books, yes, but also movies, foods, music—which is how I once ended up in the library with a Lana Del Rey song playing on a loop over my headphones. It took about twenty minutes for someone to come over and tell me that my audio jack hadn’t been plugged in proper—and could I please turn off the sound, thank you.

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