Book Review: Silence

Silence by Endo

Silence: A Novel by Shūsaku Endō, translated by William Johnston (New York: Picador, 2016; originally published in 1969. 256 pp) Born in Tokyo in 1923, Shūsaku Endō was raised by his mother and an aunt in Kobe, where he converted to Roman Catholicism at the age of eleven. At Tokyo’s Keio University, he majored in French literature, graduating with a BA in 1949, before furthering his studies in French Catholic literature at the University of Lyon in France between 1950 and 1953. Before his death in 1996, Endō was the recipient of a number of outstanding Japanese literary awards: the Akutagawa Prize, Mainichi Cultural Prize, Shincho Prize, and the Tanizaki Prize, and was widely considered the greatest Japanese novelist of… Read More →

Television Show Review: The Man in the High Castle: Season 1

The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle: Season 1 created by Frank Spotnitz (Amazon Studios, Big Light Productions, Electric Shepherd Productions) Starring Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank, DJ Qualls, Joel de la Fuente, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Rufus Sewell, Arnold Chun, Rick Worthy and Carsten Norgaard. In Praise of Imagination May we always promote and encourage imagination. The young child proclaiming “choo choo” as he pushes his toy train around the house often loses his creativity when the mandates of life require the squashing if the imaginative spirit. For me, the best stories often emerge from an imaginative foundation. The genre of magical realism best encapsulates my preferences. It takes life as we know it and alters it slightly to better explore… Read More →