Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore Review — a Fascinating Dreamscape

Picture of Kakfa On The Shore Cover, a black background with cat and red face

Haruki Murakami’s Kakfa on the Shore is a strange, lurid book. You float through this dreamscape of modern Japan, effortlessly switching between the real, the fantastic, and absurd. The characters drift through their story, unquestioningly, directed by powers outside of their own will. Everything in the book is subject to its own strange, internal logic—or … Read more

You Should Be Reading Science Fiction. Here’s Why.

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I think that a lot of us are put off when we hear the words ‘science fiction‘, for whatever reason that may be. Today, I’m going to change that—to argue why science fiction is a great genre and answer… Why should I read science fiction? When we hear the words science fiction—or sci-fi, or speculative … Read more

Why Does Aphex Twin’s Avril 14th Sound So Distinctive?

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What makes a song—like Aphex Twin’s Avril 14th—instantly recognisable as special? Alright, yeah — it’s subjective. But you’d be hard-pressed not to find something special in the piece embedded below. There’s a lot to be said about Aphex Twin. I’m not going to try to say it all now, or even pretend I understand the … Read more

Bangkok: Sukhumvit, Soi Cowboy, and More Trouble…

Picture of Soi Cowboy street at night — neon lights, tourists

Today captures a different side of Bangkok. We leave Chinatown and head to Sukhumvit. We try out a party hostel, experience Soi Cowboy, and have ANOTHER run-in with Thai police… Day 7. Diary date: 8th October 2019 Leaving AMA Hostel, headed for Sukhumvit An early start today. We head for the local station, taking the … Read more

Bangkok: Sightseeing, Wat Pho, Thai Police, and More!

Bangkok Sightseeing

Today is finally the day for sightseeing in Bangkok. It didn’t disappoint. Day 6. Diary date: October 7th, 2019. Waking up, leaving Chinatown I wake up with a clear head, and check out of ‘Our Secret Base’. We wave goodbye to our hosts, particularly the cat Master Yoda! In retrospect, we might’ve been better off … Read more