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“In the end, of course, she was allowed to get away with such displays because she had achieved success, for which, in New York, all manner of bad behavior is forgiven.”

—from Chasing Cezanne by Peter Mayle

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“Don’t try to skin your rabbit and keep it as a pet too.” 

― Joe R. Lansdale, The Two-Bear Mambo

Full of savage humor, heart-stopping suspense, and a cast of characters so tough they could chew the bumper off a pickup truck, The Two Bear Mambo is classic country noir.In this rollicking, rollercoaster ride of a novel, Hap Collins and Leonard Pine take a break from their day jobs to search for Florida Grange, Leonard’s drop-dead gorgeous lawyer and Hap’s former lover, who has vanished in the Klan-infested East Texas town of Grovetown. Before she disappeared, Florida was digging up some dirt behind the mysterious jailhouse death of a legendary bluesman’s son, who was in possession of some priceless merchandise. To Hap and Leonard, something don’t smell right. With murder on their minds, Hap and Leonard set out to investigate as only they now how … chaotically.

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Listen up—there’s no war that will end all wars,’ Crow tells me. ‘War breeds war. Lapping up the blood shed by violence, feeding on wounded flesh. War is a perfect, self-contained being. You need to know that.”― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

“Listen up—there’s no war that will end all wars,’ Crow tells me. ‘War breeds war. Lapping up the blood shed by violence, feeding on wounded flesh. War is a perfect, self-contained being. You need to know that.”
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Finally a blind date guaranteed to end in bed.

You’ll come to see that a man learns nothing from winning. The act of losing, however, can elicit great wisdom. Not least of which is, uh… how much more enjoyable it is to win. It’s inevitable to lose now and again. The trick is not to make a habit of it.
Peter Mayle (via marwa-ashraf)

Haruki Murakami’s First Short Stories Book in 9 Years Hits the Shelves in Japan…

Tokyo. Haruki Murakami’s first collection of short stories in nine years hit the shelves in Japan on Friday with some excited fans queueing for the midnight launch.

Around 70 fans took part in a countdown ceremony at Kinokuniya bookstore in Tokyo’s entertainment and shopping district of Shinjuku, where firecrackers were set off as the clock ticked to the witching hour.

The collection, titled “Onna no Inai Otokotachi” — which can be translated as “Men Without Women” — includes five short stories which have already been published separately in magazines and one new offering.

“Murakami is definitely best known for his [long] novels but reading short stories is a different kind of pleasure,” Yoichi Shindo, a web designer, said after buying a copy at the bookstore. “I have been waiting a long time to read his.”

Publisher Bungei Shunju has already raised the first shipment of the book to 300,000 copies from 200,000 due to heavier-than-expected advance orders for the first compilation since 2005, local media said.

“It is so rare to see so many people gathering for one writer,” said Yuka Sugimoto, another buyer. “I was looking forward to seeing this. It is a bit like a festival.”

The collection is the first publication since Murakami’s latest novel “Shikisai wo Motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to Kare no Junrei no Toshi” — “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” — was released in April last year.

Among the short stories of the latest collection is a 24-page novella, “Drive my car — men without women”, which sparked controversy when it first appeared because of a passage that offended a small Japanese town by suggesting its residents habitually throw lit cigarettes from car windows.

Murakami said subsequently he regreted using the name of the town and would change it when the story was published in book form.

Murakami, 65, whose often surrealist works have been translated into about 40 languages, is widely spoken of as a future Nobel Literature laureate.

Agence France-Presse: http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/features/arts/haruki-murakamis-first-short-stories-book-9-years-hits-shelves-japan/

"Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world’s original sin. If the caveman had known how to laugh, history would have been different."
—Lord Henry from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

“Only snobs kiss once, I was told, or those unfortunates who suffer from congenital froideur. I then saw what I assumed to be the correct procedure - the triple kiss, left-right-left, so I tried it on a Parisian friend. Wrong again. She told me that triple-kissing was a low Provençal habit, and that two kisses were enough among civilized people. The next time I saw my neighbor’s wife, I kissed her twice. “Non,” she said, “trois fois.”

I now pay close attention to the movement of the female head. If it stops swiveling after two kisses, I am almost sure I’ve filled my quota, but I stay poised for a third lunge just in case the head should keep moving.” 

Peter Mayle, A Year in Provence