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The Nakano Trift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami (2016)

There are plenty of people in the world I don’t dislike, some whom I almost like; on the other hand, I almost hate some of whom I don’t dislike, too. But how many people did I truly love? – Hitomi

…men and women have carnal urges, and people fall in love with each other in order to satisfy those (sexual) desires, don’t they? We can call it love or passion or various other things, but you know, no matter how pretty the paper that you wrap it up in, when all is said and done, the primary force that drives people towards one another is still the same sensuality. – Masayo

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We Are All Weird by Seth Godin (2011)

RICH is my word for someone who can afford to make choices, who has enough resources to do more than merely survive. You don’t need a private plane to be rich, but you do need enough time and food and health and access to be able to interact with the market for stuff and for ideas.

As soon as consumers enter the marketplace, they gain power, because power comes from choice. Consumer power is a brand new force.

We all share communication tools. Most of us share the same three or four languages. We all share the same planet. But we’re not the same. We’re people with choices, and we won’t alter those choices merely because we used to have no choice.

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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)

砂之塔〜知道太多事情的邻居

sunano-title亮點:
• 若有個人跟你說「就算全世界與你為敵,我還是會站在你這邊的」,你會願意跟他走嗎?
• 女人為了顧全大局,會說些美麗謊言。不久之後,她會天真地相信謊言會漸漸成真。
• 有些東西雖然是扭曲的,但是充滿著愛。

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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)

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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。

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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)