Adventures in Criticism


Another update post. I’ve been busy on the journalism and criticism front recently (a side-effect of publishers front-loading spring releases).

In the Japan Times I’ve reviewed Japanese classics A Dark Night’s Passing by Naoya Shiga and The River Ki by Sawako Ariyoshi, as well as the newly released and utterly stunning Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.

On Shoreline of Infinity, as we gear up for the release of Issue 7, I’ve been looking at The Dancer by Rab Ferguson, The Speckled God by Marc Joan and The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu who is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.

I’ve also recently been taken on as a columnist for Gaijinpot, an English language website in Japan. I will be writing two columns, each monthly. The first is about Japanese literature  and I intend it to be more of an overview than my Japan Times reviews, aimed at putting books and writers in context and helping those new to Japanese literature seek out new reading material. The first one introduces 8 Contemporary Novelists (That Aren’t Haruki Murakami). More about the second column when it goes live.


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