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November 20, 2022 · 0 comments

Books: A Development Strategy…

Books: A Development Strategy…

By Jonathan Clements. In 2011, Steve Jobs signed the death warrant on Adobe’s popular Flash software, with an open letter to the developers, citing security issues and the “closed” nature of the authoring platform. But it would be another decade before Adobe finally called time on the program, announcing an official “end of life” on […]

October 30, 2022 · 0 comments

Books: Kyoto Stories

Books: Kyoto Stories

By Jonathan Clements. “Riding on public transportation in Japan makes you feel a part of the general population,” writes Steve Alpert in Kyoto Stories. “One of the people. Part of the normal tapes­try of regular life in your city. Riding in a private car lets you feel that there’s an entire other world out there. […]

September 3, 2022 · 0 comments

Books: My Friend’s Little Sister Has it in For Me

Books: My Friend’s Little Sister Has it in For Me

By Jonathan Clements. Playfully beginning with a little Austen pastiche, as in “It is a truth universally acknowledged…” the hero of My Friend’s Little Sister Has it in For Me starts as he means to go on, ranting about the simplistic stereotypes of so-called romances in the world of anime and light novels. With all […]

August 18, 2022 · 0 comments

Books: Japan at War

Books: Japan at War

by Lee Brimmicombe-Wood. A country opens up to the West and goes through a flowering of political and social liberalism before reactionaries force a backlash, democracy flounders, and a repressive regime takes the reins. This could describe Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet bloc, or Japan from the Meiji Restoration to the 1945 […]

August 1, 2022 · 0 comments

Books: The Characters Taught Me Everything

Books: The Characters Taught Me Everything

By Jonathan Clements. Megumi Hayashibara is an observant and empathetic narrator, walking the reader through her early years as a nobody struggling to finish nursing school while burning the night-oil on a bunch of freelance recording contracts as an anime voice actor. She is stereotypically Japanese about the need for apprenticeships and a pecking order, […]

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