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“Since moving to New York I’ve learned what the word ‘geisha’ really means to most Westerners. From time to time at elegant parties, I’ve been introduced to some young woman or other in a splendid dress and jewelry. When she learns I was once a geisha in Kyoto, she forms her mouth into a sort of smile, although the corners don’t turn up quite as they should. She has no idea what to say! And then the burden of conversation falls to the man or woman who has introduced us–because I’ve never really learned much English, even after all these years. Of course, by this time there’s little point in even trying, because this woman is thinking, ‘My goodness… I’m talking with a prostitute…’ A moment later she’s rescued by her escort, a wealthy man a good thirty or forty years older than she is. Well, I often find myself wondering why she can’t sense how much we really have in common. She is a kept woman, you see, and in my day, so was I.”

Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha 

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“You have to look! […] That’s another one of our rules. Closing your eyes isn’t going to change anything. Nothing’s going to disappear just because you can’t see what’s going on. In fact, things will be even worse the next time you open your eyes. That’s the kind of world we live in, Mr. Nakata. Keep your eyes wide open. Only a coward closes his eyes. Closing your eyes and plugging up your ears won’t make time stand still.”

Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Kafka on the Shore  by Haruki Murakami

海辺のカフカ

Read: October 2017

Rating: Stepping into a captivating impressionist painting, only to realize the painting has actually stepped into you. Then, trying to figure what that actually means, but being too distracted by how beautiful the painting is. 

The Good Girl  by Mary Kubica

Book cover: a pale blond woman placing her index finger over her lips.

Read: October 2017

Rating: A man who looks intriguing from across the bar but, after taking him back to your place, it becomes clear you’ve made a horrible decision you’re now stuck with. Unlike the book, though, you do not developed a romantized version of Stockholm Syndrome. 

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“Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him […] We, people’s hearts, seldom say much about those treasures, because people no longer want to go in search of them. We speak of them only to children. Later, we simply let life proceed, in its own direction, towards its own fate. But, unfortunately, very few follow the path laid out for them–the path to their Personal Legends, and to happiness. Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.” 

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist