Three years ago, if you asked me who my favorite author was, I’d answer “Haruki Murakami” in a heartbeat. Yes, I was low-key obsessed with Murakami. Reading all Murakami’s novels and short stories was on the top of my to-do list. Since his books were ridiculously overpriced in Indonesia, I decided to borrow from libraries/relatives and […]

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In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami

When I first heard of the Japanese writer Ryu Murakami, I was naive enough to think that he was somewhat related to my then favorite author: Haruki Murakami. News flash, they both are not related. Ryu’s novels are more into psychological thriller, such as In the Miso Soup (1997). Kenji, the main character, is a […]

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Movie: A Copy of My Mind (2015)

INDONESIAN INDIE MOVIE, A Copy of My Mind, written and directed by Joko Anwar. (watch here) The movie follows Sari (Tara Basro), an ordinary low-life beautician living in the rumbling city of Jakarta. Sari is an expert in facial; therefore, she chooses to work in a more technology-oriented beauty clinic with high-profile clienteles. Her hobby of watching […]

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Picture these scenes for a moment. An innocent African-American adolescent lying dead on the pavement after being shot for holding a BB gun. An 18-year-old Pakistani girl, whose face got heavily disfigured after trying to escape from sex slavery and human trafficking for $12,800 by ISIS. A young Indonesian girl, getting raped by approximately 19 […]