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Record of a Night Too Brief by Hiromi Kawakami (2017)

…sometimes you only know what you should take on and what you should not when you don’t have the choice.

To be betrayed, you probably first have to be deeply involved. Had I been deeply involved with anything in my life?

Snake wives make the very best kind of wife…
…When you give them instructions, they listen, looking at you steadily, with those big, crystal-clear eyes. They have something stubborn about them, but not stubborn like human women: human women get stubborn for emotional reasons; snakes are stubborn because that’s their nature.

–A Snake Stepped On 蛇を踏む (Hebi o fumu)

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The Art of Creative Thinking by Rod Judkins (2015)

“The genuinely innovative are led by their passion and not by rational ambitions. New ideas spring from personal interests, even if they seem irrelevant to the task at hand. Innovative people have to put practical considerations to one side because thinking about logistics leads to thinking logically, which ties down the leaps of the mind required to create something unique.”
(excerpt from be practically useless)

“Accidents reflect reality more accurately than does perfection. Perfection is the aberration. Think of accident as an answer in search of a different question. Work out what that different question is. It is probably more interesting than the one you were asking.”
(excerpt from plan to have more accidents)

(the notables from this book)
Georgia O’Keeffe (grow old without growing up)
Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao by Frank Gehry (bring chaos to order)
Henry Moore (feel inadequate)
Mark Rothko (be conservative revolutionary)
Jeff Koons (search high and low)
Chuck Close (take advantage of a disadvantage)

“Something badly done can be refreshing. Being prepared to be uncool or nerdy can be charming, It’s a way of showing that you don’t care what anyone else thinks. The world is full of people who dedicate their lives to seeking approval.”
(excerpt from if you can’t be really good, be really bad)

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Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami (2012)

“I feel pity for these batteries that worked so hard for my benefit, and I can’t throw them away. It seems a shame to get rid of them the moment they die, after these batteries have given me light and sound, and run my gadgets.”

“Indeed, it’s a shame that young people have such limited vocabularies nowadays.”

“Tsukiko, when you see a handsome man, even if you cannot understand what he says, you still think, Oh, that guy’s good-looking, don’t you? Handwriting is the same.”

 

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Gohan no Kotobakari 100 wa to Chotto by Banana Yoshimoto (2011)

[22]
守靈夜時吃到的壽司、便當及啤酒,都是這樣的感覺。
我也漸漸到了知道變得有點硬的壽司、冷掉的便當和微溫的啤酒能緩和人們多少情緒的年齡了。

[24]
我想,是他(餐廳老闆)以前去過許多美食、想過許多特色的經驗,才做出那樣引以豪的味道吧。所以,近中年期的人開的餐廳,今後會越來越有意思。

只講吃飯的事情100篇多一點:食記百味

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Nara Note by Yoshimoto Nara (2013)

把夢留在過去。
因為昨天做的夢,會告訴我今天應該做什麼事,
那就能在明天變成現實。
空想和想像只會從有可能發生的事情產生。
因為具備各種的要素,而且確實在眼前,
從那裡擁有的想像力所誕生的事物,全部都擁有可能性。

我不幻想做夢。
夢是在今天實行的事,總有一天會實現。

–奈良美智 (2006/09/05)

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Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia by Peter Pomerantsev (2014)

“London seemed so measured, so predictable; the America the rest of my émigré family lived in seemed so content; while the real Russians seemed truly alive, had the sense that anything was possible.”

The remarkables
Yana Yakovleva vs FDCS (Drug Enforcement Agency)
Gold Digger Academy
Vitaly Djomochka
Black Widows
Jambik Hatohov
Ruslana Korshunova vs Rose of the World
Anastasia Drozdova
Post-Soviet Sects
Ostankino Tower

“The English stack their sentimental junks and dirty secrets far away in the garden shed; the Germans have “Keller”, basements, deep underground to hide all their dark memories. But in Russia you just throw it on the balcony; just as long as it isn’t in the flat itself, who cares if the neighbours see? We’ll deal with all that rubbish some other time. It’s not even part of us.”

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