Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Fly me to the moons

Friday, November 4th, 2011

(This review was published in The Washington Independent Review of Books on November 2, 2011) On January 22, 1984, in what has become an iconic moment in advertising history, the first Apple Macintosh computer was introduced to the world. Striking a cinematic blow against an Orwellian Big Brother figure haranguing a grey and faceless army […]

The stereo of fine historical fiction

Friday, September 16th, 2011

David Mitchell, after writing his first historical novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet, said that one of the great appeals of the genre is that it “delivers a stereo narrative: from one speaker comes the treble of the novel’s own plot while the other plays the bass of history’s plot.”  Well, I’m here […]