All posts for Uncategorized / General in 2011


Scrape Off The Labels Dept. 2011-12-31 18:10:56

Jack Finney (he of Invasion of the Body Snatchers fame) once wrote a story called "I'm Scared", where an unnamed narrator describes a slew of cases collected by him over the years in which time itself seems to have...

Write Where You Are Dept. 2011-12-17 00:09:25

On my last trip to the library to pick up some stuff on hold*, I ran across a couple of books which I remembered being blurbed about at the time of their release as being written in the style of...

The Good, The Bad And The Literary Dept. 2011-12-14 00:28:37

It was in a conversation about the ubiquitous The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo that I brought up a homily that’s been repeated many times elsewhere: A mediocre book can often be made into an excellent film, and many of...

Face It Dept. 2011-12-03 06:04:56

I've enabled comment logins via Facebook. You'll need to authorize Genji Press as a FB app, but that's normal....

Look Ahead Dept. 2011-12-02 21:36:31

Been a while since I looked at what movies are coming down the pike, so --...

Look At That Dept. 2011-12-02 19:44:28

Back here I mentioned in passing how one of my constant bugaboos in bad writing is when we get description vs. observation. This was one of those on-the-spot coinages, where I took two words with marginally different shades of meaning...

Out Of Character Dept. 2011-11-29 19:59:58

At the risk of going back on what I just wrote about the other day ... As research-of-a-sort for the story I'm working on, I was given pointers towards a whole slew of space-opera type works. Some are more blatantly...

Tasteless Dept. 2011-11-27 20:39:46

Why readers' and writers' tastes are at odds so often.

0Q84 Dept. 2011-11-16 19:48:56

I have been reading, not very enthusiastically, Haruki Murakami's 1Q84. One of the major plot elements involves a writer who is hired to rewrite a young girl's fantasy story and make it more readable, a act somewhere between forgery and...

Cine-minus Dept. 2011-11-08 03:38:12

I don't normally read io9 (mostly a time constraint), but a friend linked me to a piece where the title tells it: Why We Can’t Have Great Movies. Two words: risk aversion....

Not This Time Dept. 2011-10-28 23:17:34

Am I doing NaNoWriMo this year? Sadly, no. Well, sort of. I hinted before that I'd started a new long-form writing project. Those rumors are indeed entirely substantiated: something new is on the burner. This is not the unshelving of...

Delay Line Dept. 2011-10-11 02:54:30

Lots going on right now, most of it very time-consuming. Short rundown: I have a new long-form writing project in the works. I won't be talking about it in public for a good long time, because it's still quite protean....

De-Productive Dept. 2011-09-27 17:01:37

More examples of why "web apps" are leading us straight into a wall.

Losing It In Translation (Again) Dept. 2011-09-20 03:51:03

I have been preparing for the English-language release of Usamaru Furuya's manga adaptation of Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human by re-reading the original novel in its English translation (by Donald Keene), with the Japanese text open to the side. It's...

Then and Now Dept. 2011-09-01 04:54:50

[I've been deeply embroiled in work, but I've found some pieces I wrote but never published which I thought would be good to post after a little cleanup, just to keep things rolling here. I'll be posting one a day...

Deka Dept. 2011-07-07 15:51:19

Shinji Wada died earlier this week. Regular readers of this site might remember him as the creator of Sukeban Deka, a '70s shojo manga of remarkable influence that was also amazingly violent for a "girl's comic". I'm inclined to think...

Dehumanizer Dept. 2011-06-25 00:22:30

It's so very, very hard not to start babbling like a little kid about some things. In between meetings in the city over the last couple of days, I ran over to Kinokuniya and found the third volume of the...

Desperately Seeking Translator Dept. 2011-06-22 20:48:29

Add this to your list of books to seek out and bring into English: Sailor Suit and Machine Gun, super-prolific Japanese author Jirō Akagawa's satirical crossbreed of teen drama and yakuza violence. I finally bumped into a copy ($1 at...

Tragic Books Dept. 2011-06-20 16:20:20

Over at Ain't It Cool News there is a roundtable discussion regarding the much-reviled, widely-discussed DC Reboot. I haven't been a reader of the Marvel/DC axis for literally decades, so many discussions of the individual titles (Infinite Earths in its...

Disappearing Act Dept. 2011-06-19 17:57:49

I have been reading The Shores of Light, a collection of literary criticism from the 1920s and 1930s courtesy of Edmund Wilson, a very capable and perceptive critic who as far as I can tell isn’t sung much of these...

Blu-Eyed Soul Dept. 2011-06-02 22:34:37

I haven't done this in a while, so here are some recent Blu-ray issues that grabbed my attention. Some will end up on my own shelf by year's end or so....

Lose Yourself In This Dept. 2011-05-30 15:25:20

I’ve heard a theory—I forget who originally floated it—that the length of the average mass-market genre fiction work has gone way up due to two things: the demands of the market and the invention of the word processor....

On Imagination And Entertainment 2011-05-21 17:05:09

The New York Times has a profile of Steve Jobs that features the following quote: "His is not a product-design philosophy steered by committee or determined by market research. The Jobs formula, say colleagues, relies heavily on tenacity, patience, belief...

Handbasket Dept. 2011-04-28 19:49:20

Some of you have noticed by now that a lot of things are broken around Chez Genji as of late. I'm in the middle of what is turning out to be a very unhappy migration between host accounts -- not...

Stripped Gears Dept. 2011-04-15 17:10:54

I'm still reeling from the sheer amount of technological catastrophe that decided to visit Chez Genji this past couple of weeks, which apart from work is a big reason why I haven't posted anything. This wasn't some simple fender-bender or...

Ganbatte Dept. 2011-03-16 00:55:11

I haven't said much about the earthquake, even though I feel obliged to do so -- after all, Japan has been a major focus of my attention for a long time now, so it would feel strange not to say...

Beastly Dept. 2011-01-03 20:41:12

As a birthday / New Years' gift, my mother gave me and the missus tickets to La Bête on Broadway. It's a great staging of what I feel is a mediocre piece of work. The original performance of La Bête...

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