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Counting Reflections in the Mirror May 10, 2007

Posted by typhoonprabda in Uncategorized.
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This morning Bangkok was already wet and gloomy when I woke up–my favorite kind of weather, and a perfect day for me in many ways. I have to finish my article for GM magazine (Thailand). It’s about Nick Drake, the English folk singer-songwriter whose music became quietly but increasingly influential since he died in 1974, at the age of 26. Drake’s delicate and unusual arrangements of acoustic strings and his fragile singing voice have inspired listeners to associate his work with sadness. I don’t think his music is sad. I think his songs are more like sighs of resignation. When I listen to his music I usually picture someone lying in bed on a rainy morning, staring out the window, thinking about everything and murmuring to him or herself, “oh, well.”

But I myself am not really in the Nick Drake mood today. I received the Japanese version of my short story collection in the mail. i can’t stop molesting this book! I think it looks wonderful, thanks to Koji (the publisher of Typhoon Books Japan), Endo-san (Endo Kazunari, the designer), and Yuzawa-san (Yuzawa Kaori, the artist who did the drawing on the cover). The title of this collection is Kagami no Naka o Kazoeru, which I am told means something like “counting reflections in the mirror”. The translations of the stories are all done by professor Udo Seiji, who is a great karaoke singer as well as a much respected teacher of Thai language in Tokyo.

This book is not my first book published in Japan, but it should represent my literary work better than the previous book, which was the script for the film Last Life in the Universe (the title in Japanese is different, but I can’t remember it at the moment).

I look forward to getting feedback from Japanese readers.