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VOX POPULI: A battle of wills rages between the taxman and beer...
Patrons cool off at a beer garden in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, in May. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
“Sakka no Sake” (novelist’s liquor) is a delightful book about some well-known authors’ “relationships” with liquor. The literary celebrities mentioned there...
Even grown-ups are still mad about dinosaurs
Dougal Dixon, author of the classic work “The New Dinosaurs.” (Photo: Ryusuke Hirai)
When 5-year-old Dougal Dixon first came across a dinosaur in a weekly comic book he was reading, there were few children's books on the subject in Scotland, where he was born...
Dogged research behind desire to write socially-conscious mysteries
Mayama plays the soundtrack from the film "The Last Samurai" in the background when writing his "Hagetaka" novels. (Photo: Yoshinori Toyomane)
Novelist Jin Mayama was at a Tokyo restaurant with more than 30 people from the publishing industry on the evening of Jan. 17. His novel "Corruptio," which depicts Japanese...
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