In a way, Ray Bradbury invented writing for me. I was 8 or 9, and I had always loved to read. But it wasn’t until I picked up a book of Bradbury stories at the library that I realized a wonderful thing: words can weave magic spells.
Posts Tagged ‘literature’
Sakyo Komatsu, the science-fiction author responsible for the 1973 novel Japan Sinks (and inadvertently responsible for the resulting parody film The World Sinks Except Japan – which our very own AnaKhouri reviewed here…) has died at 80, from pneumonia. Komatsu also wrote the novel which served as the basis for the 1980 post-apocalyptic film Virus. […]
Manriki-gusari – a traditional ninja weapon – once owned by late Beat author William S. Burroughs. Photographed by Peter Ross. The rest of the set can be seen here. (via Boing Boing)
I was overjoyed tonight to learn that the shared-world fantasy anthology series Bordertown will return with a new volume at some indeterminate point in the future. Bordertown was one of my favorite series to have emerged from the ‘shared-world’ fad back in the 80′s (the other being Robert Asprin’s Thieves’ World), mainly because it sewed […]
Wired posted a brief analysis of the obscenity charges brought against U.S. manga collector Christopher Handley, who was arrested for trafficking in ‘obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children’, aka smutty manga. AnaKhouri has blogged about this in the past, so I won’t gild the lily so-to-speak, but Wired’s piece is worth checking […]
Kaoru Kurimoto, a popular Japanese author, has passed away at the age of 56. ANN Article In a career that spanned just over 30 years, Kurimoto wrote 400 books, including the 126-volume fantasy series The Guin Saga. I read the first couple books and, quite frankly, thought they were lame. Only the sweet illustrations Yoshitaka […]
The only film by legendary Japanese author Yukio Mishima. Criterion recently released both this and Paul Schrader’s excellent biopic Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (also worth a viewing if you haven’t seen it – and of course Mishima’s books are highly recommened as well).
An Artist of the Floating World (Kazuo Ishiguro) Ishiguro isn’t really a Japanese author; though he was born in Japan his family moved to England when he was a baby, and most of his books are set there. But this one is set in post- WWII Japan. The main character is an old man, pining […]
While we’re on a literary note here at Yellow Menace, I thought it would be appropos (though disheartening) to note the passing of writer J.G. Ballard. Though he may not be a household name here in the States (unless you live in my household, I suppose) many people will recognize Ballard as the author of […]
With the worldwide collapse of global capitalism, the Chinese citizenry have been flocking to Karl Marx’s Das Kapital en masse, presumably as a means of rationalizing just how badly they’ve been fucked by embracing Free Trade. “For so many years we’ve been wading across the stream by feeling the way, trying to reach the other […]
Since inheriting a 40gb iPod, I’ve been scouring the internet looking for goodies to fill that little white slab. Of course, being the huge Doctor Who nerd that I am, Big Finish has been a source of much entertainment…but as good as their productions are, they are a little on the pricey side. That’s where LibriVox […]
Wow – I’m surprised I haven’t come across this before. Being both FIlipino and a sci-fi geek of the highest order, this seems like a publication custom-designed for my consumption. The Philippine Speculative Fiction Sampler is just what it sounds like – a free, online sampler platter of sci-fi/fantasy writing from the land of my forebears. […]