人生は上々だ

Life is good.

2022/08/13 English

BGM: Mouse On Mars "Saturday Night World Cup Fever"

I got my salary today. It was more than I had expected so I worried that this might be someone's mistake (that kind of accident had happened in Japan recently). After going to a library, I visited a used book store for a long time. I had wanted Yoshio Kataoka's fashionable novels, but finally, I bought Otusichi's "Me Story" and George Orwell's "1984", and two books by Yoko Ogawa. I had read "Me Story" so known that it was a really charming journal. I was glad to meet this again. I thought I should write a childlike 'false diary' like Otsuichi. After coming back to my group home, I fed Charlotte, a mermaid I had brought in the bath. No way!

Today was a day off. Afternoon, I read Sam Shepard's "Motel Chronicles". I have learned about him just from Wim Wenders's movie "Paris, Texas". So I had imagined that this book was masculine and based on a kind of dandyism. But the translator chose the Japanese words "Boku" and "Ore" for the subject "I", therefore this trick seems to give a certain impression in Sam Shepard's narration. So I can see that this book exactly contains his 'voice'. Really interesting. "Paris, Texas" was really a movie about 'voice' (in this era, we send texts to each other but I like the exchange of 'voice').

After that, I read Charles Bukowski's "The Most Beautiful Woman in Town & The Other Stories". Bukowski was quite a famous writer who had been helped by alcohol, so people say he is a 'drunken poet'. TBH once I had also wanted to become a 'drunken poet' like him (yes, I am such a crazy guy). But in this collection the translator Sou Aono gives 'Watashi' as the main subject and tries to translate the whole book. So this book tells us how Bukowski looked at women and described various things steadily. I can say that this book shows Bukowski's intelligence.

I learned the word Sober curious. This word's meaning is the trend of stopping drinking any alcohol and choosing to be sober in this era when we can drink at our houses alone. I don't drink, but it is not related to this. just I am an addicted person so I would go to hell if I drank once again. Never cool. In a way, the people who can enjoy proper alcohol are greater than me because they aren't controlled by a lot of drinking. Therefore they are pretty cool. But I might have to build a current of Japanese literature, that is a 'soberature' (Sober + literature). I'm just kidding!