“At Koenji Station, Tengo boarded the Chuo Line inbound rapid-service train. The car was empty. He had nothing planned that day. Wherever he went and whatever he did (or didn’t do) was entirely up to him. It was ten o’clock on a windless summer morning, and the sun was beating down. The train passed Shinjuku, Yotsuya, Ochanomizu, and arrived at Tokyo Central Station, the end of the line. Everyone got off, and Tengo followed suit. Then he sat on a bench and gave some thought to where he should go. ‘I can go anywhere I decide to,’ he told himself. ‘It looks as if it’s going to be a hot day. I could go to the seashore.’ He raised his head and studied the platform guide.”—The first paragraph of Haruki Murakami’s “Town of Cats,” published in this week’s issue. (via newyorker)
Note: I’ll try to make sure that I don’t only post about my usual topic of “social good” on here, but it’ll be impossible to resist posting interesting things that relate to both media and current events.
To prove my commitment to diversity of content the next post will be anime-related.
One might think the surplus of images like this one of Muslims gathered in prayer a little intrusive. I wonder about this sometimes. The harmony and peace of it is just so beautiful it’s hard not to want to see. It makes me wish the US saw more scenes like this in person.
“I feel sorry to say I have no favorite place in Beijing. I have no intention of going anywhere in the city. The places are so simple. You don’t want to look at a person walking past because you know exactly what’s on his mind. No curiosity. And no one will even argue with you.”—"Ai Weiwei on Beijing’s nightmare city." Chinese activist-artist Ai Weiwei ( 艾未未 ) describes social misery in the capital of China in an article published two days ago through Newsweek. Ai had been imprisoned earlier in the year, and has been largely forbidden from communicating with the world outside of China. He is apparently defying that restraint through this article and through accounts on Twitter and Google+.