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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

最後歲月的山水茶寮

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■也斯溫暖的笑容長留讀者和至親好友心中。
跟也斯相交超過二十五年的何慶基,說他其實跟也斯是先師後友,當他還是中學生時,對一位非主流的作家端木蕻良很着迷,他發現中大有校外課程講述這作家的作品,一時引為知音,而授課的正是當年的也斯。
後來,成年了的何慶基因合作認識了也斯,更成了好友。他告訴也斯,「我是你的學生。」也斯說他當然不記得,他教過的學生這麼多。相認不成功,但他們的公私情誼卻從此展開。在也斯病重的最後一年,仍然跟何慶基互動頻繁,更主動找他傾辦展覽的事。「朋友有病,仍然找你談展覽,心裏其實很難受。」何慶基說。但兩人還是把難受放下,看看有甚麼可以做。
也斯從前很喜歡呼朋喚友,但病重的最後歲月卻減少了太熱鬧的場面,也少了大班友好去品嚐美食。何慶基記得跟也斯最後一次出外吃飯,那時的也斯偏好清淡,熱鬧如昔的大榮華飯局未必適合這時期的他,所以何慶基選擇跟也斯去大帽山飲茶。「我和他去了大帽山的川龍村,那兒高山流水,很適合他。」
安靜無爭的地方,兩人還是聊個不停,一如以往。何慶基說:「也斯走後我才發覺,原來我沒有幾個朋友可以那樣暢快、天馬行空的聊天。有些人太認真,有些人愛賣弄,純真不計較如也斯的很少。他是個思想上、創意上無界線的人。」話畢,何慶基的神情不無落寞惋惜。「也斯可以認真跟你討論豬油拌飯,也可以想出辦『鬼文化節』。那時已是距離他過世前數月的日子。」而直到在他離開前的最後對話中,兩人仍認真的討論過寫評論的人,「他批評有些人當自己是上帝,過於高高在上。」飯後,兩人在茶樓附近散步,看到一片綠油油的西洋菜田。也斯對眼前畫面充滿好奇心,他看到田裏有一個農婦踏着木條在收割西洋菜,便興致勃勃的拉住何慶基看人割菜,看完還買了大把新鮮西洋菜,說這個菜一定很清甜。何慶基記得那是個帶有陽光的冬日,天氣很好,清涼中又有溫暖的陽光。雖然也斯在病重中,還是和好友一同偷得一片靜好小日子。
後來,也斯的《普羅旺斯的漢詩》出版,何慶基在當中發現了這首《採綠》,「原來也斯回去把這次的相聚寫成了詩。雖然他沒有明言同行對象,但卻把我也留在他的詩裏,這是我的榮幸。」在病中仍能觀察入微並把感受化成詩,這就是好友口中經常提到的熱情的詩人。

鍾愛大榮華炒苦瓜

何慶基說也斯「為食」,愛在飯桌上邊享受美食,邊天南地北,很多計劃更在這些飯局中想出來的。「在他離世前數個月,我們合作了『鬼文化節』,這個意念便是吃飯時想出來。他是香港唯一可以將整個文化界串連一起的人。」何慶基回想:「他愛去元朗大榮華,每回飽餐一頓便叫『韜哥』(梁文韜)出來跟席上賓客交流。也斯愛吃甚麼,找韜哥一定知。」原來也斯和梁文韜相交十年有多。也斯吃得雜,自從到過大榮華,便特別欣賞圍村菜。韜哥說:「那時也斯不但自己來吃飯,也跟其他教授如劉紹銘一起來,甚至有海外交流團來香港,他也會帶人來我這兒。」也斯對韜哥的廚藝欣賞不容置疑。「豉汁生炒苦瓜和家鄉蒸芋泥是指定菜式,其餘則全由我話事。外邊很多苦瓜用切碎的豆豉來炒,但我是用原粒豆豉,他最欣賞這點。」
也斯欣賞的並不只是韜哥的廚藝,也欣賞他是「另類廚房佬」,不只廚藝好,對飲食典故知識豐富,也斯也在梁文韜多本書中寫序,還在《人間滋味》中寫過一篇「韜哥的藝術」,說如果有學生不知寫甚麼題材,去找韜哥吧,總會有故事可寫:「不僅是因為鄉情掌故,在背後我還希望他們通過飲食,看到上一輩敬業的藝術和人情的寬厚。」

也斯生平

梁秉鈞(1949-2013),筆名也斯,是一個對不同事物充滿好奇和熱情的旅人,亦是一位教育家。他的作品形式不拘,詩歌、散文、小說,也作繙譯、文學評論和研究,亦同時涉獵攝影、錄像,以文字配合影像或其他媒介,對推動本土文化不遺餘力。
《回看,也斯》展覽主要分兩部份,展期由一月十日至一月二十八日。在香港中央圖書館有《游──也斯的旅程》,由何慶基負責,作品由也斯遺孀吳熙斌選出,以也斯舊作為主,也有百多件也斯與友人的文學藝術互動創作,其中對香港的殖民地身份也有不少記錄和探討。
另一部份致敬展覽《也斯*吾友──跨媒介回應展》則在藝穗會展出,策展人謝俊興找來也斯朋友、學生,及被他作品影響很深的後輩加入致敬行列。

Friday, January 3, 2014

Tokyo's a book lover's dream

If life' an open book, then Tokyo is a veritable bookstore. From tiny little kiosks in train stations to mega chains in Shinjuku, Tokyo's a book lover's dream. From art books and Arabic to smuggling and science fiction, this city's bookstores have it in any language. This week John Paul Catton gives us chapter and verse on where bookworms need to go.
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By John Paul Catton 


GOOD DAY BOOKS

The jewel in the crown of Tokyo's secondhand book world, and a must-visit for anyone looking for bargains. It has 30,000 used books and 7000 new, mostly in English. An extensive section of secondhand books on Japan includes language texts, for those who want to get started on nihongo, but don't want to pay a small fortune. For people with books they don't need, Good Day trades and offers a credit voucher good for one year. Books can be ordered; how long it takes depends on the publisher.
Bargains: Paperbacks between 400 and 700 yen. Some good quality hardbacks for 1000 yen
Most Bizarre Find: "The Prostate: A Guide for Men and the Women Who Love Them"
Where to Find it: Exit JR Ebisu station by the Beckers burger place on the side opposite the escalators. Turn right, then left down the road with Sanwa Bank on its corner. Turn right again, walk past the Subway shop, and Good Day Books is opposite the Kygnus store. Ebisu 1-11-2, 3F, Shibuya-ku. Open: 11am-8pm, Sun and holidays 11am-6pm, closed Tue. Tel: 5421-0957. Fax: 5421-0958



SHOSHINDO

This little gem in Shibuya is for the antique hunter. It has over 2000 books in English and other European languages (a lot of German). There are scholarly reference works, very old books and very good value. There are also boxes of cheap paperbacks and stacks of what look like new hardbacks.
Bargains: A 1924 edition of Sir James Frazer's "The Golden Bough" for 2000 yen - the same price as a brand new hardback copy of "Sophie's World"
Most Bizarre Find: "50 Works of English Literature We Can Do Without," a hysterical attack on just about everyone
Where to Find it: 
From Shibuya east exit walk over the road and go down Miyamasu-zaka. Walk past the main Shibuya Post Office; it's on the same side, opposite Nisseki garage. 1-8-7, 1F, Shibuya-ku. Open 10am-6:30pm. Tel: 3400-6046



ARBAN

This really is a curiosity: a store providing new and used books on just about every fetish you can think of. The War/ Military section takes up most of the shop, and ties in with the models, stamps, and coins available to collectors. The shop also stocks martial arts books (and a number of Bruce Lee fanzines) and, as the choices get progressively weirder, survivalist instruction manuals, American underground comics, and racks of mondo porno videos. Some books in French and German, and quite a few in Arabic.
Bargains: 
The stock is mostly in hardback, ranging from 1200 to 5000 yen for large or older editions.
Most bizarre find: 
"Sneak It Through: Smuggling Made Easier"
Where to find it: From Shibuya Hachiko exit, walk down Fire Dori towards Tower Records. Arban is on the same side, in the basement of the Taiseido bookstore building. 1-22-4 Jinnan, B1, Shibuya-ku. Open 10am-8pm daily. Tel: 3461-3419

JENA

Jena is not a secondhand bookstore, but it does have one section which is set aside for paperbacks at half-price. This section is near the escalator, and opposite the bestseller display. The rest of the shop holds 50,000 new books in English and some European languages, plus a very good selection of books on films.
Bargains: Paperbacks in the sale section are 700 yen, although some large trade paperbacks were 1000 yen
Most bizarre find: "If You Think You Have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)"
Where to find it: Leave Ginza station by exit B3. You'll see the entrance to Jena directly across the alleyway. 5-6-1 Ginza 3F, Chuo-ku. Open 11am-8pm, Mon-Sat; 12-7pm Sun/ holidays. Tel: 3571-2908



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TOWER BOOKS/ TOWER RECORDS

Probably the best choice for new books in Tokyo, and a very impressive range of magazines. Most are in English, and though they can't order books, they do have a wildly eclectic selection.
Most Bizarre Find: Check out the street culture section for titles like "The Anarchist's Cookbook" and "The Magic Mushroom Grower's Guide."
Where to Find it: Exit Shibuya station and turn right. Cross the road and walk down Fire Dori. You can't miss it. Open 10am-10pm daily. Tel: 3496-3661



BOOK CLUB KAI

Specializes in psychology and New Age subjects. Mostly Japanese, but one wall is devoted to English books and obscure magazines. They stock about 2000 English books and can order from the US.
Most Bizarre Find: "From Coherent Tunneling to Relaxation"
Where to Find it: From Gaienmae station walk along Aoyama Dori towards Akasaka. Walk past Doutor Coffee and turn right at the pharmacy. It's on the right side of the alleyway. 2-14-1 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku. Tel: 3430-1926. Open 12-8pm daily. Closed New Year holidays
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KINOKUNIYA BOOKSTORE
Takashimaya Times Square Building (Annex), 6F
South ExitShinjuku
Tel: 5361-3301
Open 10am-8pm daily

Perhaps the largest selection of books in foreign languages, they claim to stock one million, and can order more from the UK and US. The Annex is directly behind Takashimaya, a department store opposite Shinjuku station. There's also a branch in Shibuya, on the 5th floor of Tokyu Plaza, Shibuya station south exit

MARUZEN
2-3-10 Nihonbashi, 2/4F
Chuo-ku
Tel: 3272-7211
Open 10am-7pm Mon-Sat and 10am-6pm Sun/holidays

Probably the second largest selection of books. French, German, Italian and Spanish available. They can order from the UK and US. Children's books on the 4th floor. Take B3 exit at Nihonbashi and you'll come up right inside the store.

BIBLOS
F1 Building., 5F
1-26-5 Takadanobaba,
Shinjuku-ku
Tel: 3200-4531
Open 10am-9pm Mon-Sat and 10am-8pm Sun/holidays

About 30,000 books, mostly in English. Large resource section for keen English teachers (yikes!). The F1 building faces the Waseda exit of Takadanobaba station.


FIONA BOOKS
Solofiole Jiyugaoka Building, 1F
5-4-5 Okusawa
Setagaya-ku
Tel: 3721-8186
Open 11am-8pm daily

Claims to stock Tokyo's largest selection of children's books. Exit Jiyugaoka station by the north exit. Walk down Shirakaba shopping street, turn left and cross the railway tracks. Take the third turn on the left.
AOYAMA BOOK CENTER

Although the main branch of this store is in Aoyama (naturally), it's not that well stocked, and anyway most gaijin are probably familiar with the one in Roppongi. They carry about 1000 English books and magazines, and are open very late. Branches in Hiroo, Jiyugaoka, Tennozu and Shinjuku.
Where to Find it: The Roppongi branch is across the street from Almond, next to the koban. The Aoyama branch is on Aoyama Dori, behind the United Nations University building. Roppongi Denki Bldg. 1F, 6-1-20 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Tel: 3479-0479. Open 10am-5:30pm Mon-Sat and 10am-10pm Sun/ holidays


KANDA/ JIMBOCHO

Tokyo residents will soon become familiar with this name, because it's the neighborhood where the Japanese rare and antique book dealers are all clustered. The 133 bookstores are renowned for Edo period (and prohibitively expensive) publications, paintings, maps and wood block prints, but there are several places of great interest to literary-minded gaijin. If you have an afternoon free to browse (except Sundays, when most are closed), here's where to go.


KITAZAWA BOOKSTORE

You can't fail to notice this one. Set back from the street is a massive glass granite front, with a brass-railed staircase leading up to the rare books section on the second floor. A small plaza outside holds boxes of paperbacks at bargain prices. Inside, the mahogany bookcases and marble floor foster a scholarly atmosphere, confirmed by the shop's emphasis on literature and nonfiction reference works. There's a couch for browsers on the first floor and a special reader's room on the second for those interested in the valuable first editions. They have 40,000 new books and 30,000 secondhand. They also buy books. You can order from the UK and the US; it takes about six weeks.
Bargains: Paperbacks outside for about 500 yen, new books inside for 2000 to 5000 yen. Upstairs are some bargains, such as a 1930's edition of Shelley's poetry for 1200 yen
Most Bizarre Find: "An Examination of Elizabethan Handwriting"
Where to Find it: Leave Jimbocho station and cross Hakusen Dori for five minutes; Kitazawa is on the left. 2-5 Jimbocho, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku. Open: 10am-6pm, closed Sun. Tel: 3263-0011. Fax: 3263-0015
ISSEIDO BOOKSELLERS

Climb the marble staircase and you'll find Isseido's rare and used book section. The shop specializes in antique works on Japan and the "mysterious Orient". The selection is mostly in English, and it's not as expensive as it looks. They order books from the UK and the US, but it can take over two months.
Bargains: Carl Jung's "Man and His Symbols" and other nonfiction paperbacks for under 2000 yen
Most Bizarre Find: "Chats on the Old Tobacco Jars"
Where to Find it: Almost directly opposite Jimbocho station main exit. 1-7 Jimbocho, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku. Open: Mon-Sat 10am-6:30pm, 10:30am-6:30pm national holidays, closed Sun. Tel: 3292-0072. Fax: 3292-0076



MATSUMURA AND COMPANY

The store inside specializes in art books, mostly in English, some very expensive. However, outside on the pavement there are bins overflowing with cheap paperbacks and recent American comics. There seems to be no order here; the best thing to do is just have a good rummage.
Bargains: Paperbacks and comics for about 500 to 1000 yen
Most Bizarre Find: The smiling faces on the cover of "The Brady Bunch Annual 1967"
Where to Find it: See Tuttle. 1-7 Jimbocho 1F, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku. Open: 10:30am-6pm, closed Sun and national holidays. Tel: 3295-5678


CHARLES E. TUTTLE AND CO


This store is the office of the long-established publishing company, specializing in books on Japan. Although the first floor is new books, upstairs are boxes of paperbacks, mainly novels, at reduced prices. Watch out for those elbows, though; it can be a bit of a scrum.
Bargains: All paperbacks in the boxes are 700 yen
Most Bizarre Find: "The A-Z of Punk", in lurid pink fake leopard skin cover
Where to Find it: Both Tuttle and Matsumara (above) are on Yasukuni Dori, further along from Isseido, going away from Hakusen Dori. 1-11 Jimbocho, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku. Open: 10:30am-6:30pm (including national holidays), closed Sun. Tel: 3291-7071

GINKEIDO


Pretty much the same deal as Matsumara and Co. Inside, a large number of art books and a scattering of used English nonfiction books mixed in with the Japanese. Outside, shelves and bookcases of secondhand hardbacks at reasonable prices. They order books, but only from the US, and it can take a long time.
Bargains: "The SF Encyclopedia" and other hefty volumes for 1000 yen
Most Bizarre Find: "Michael Jackson's Guide to Beer"
Where to Find it: Past Tuttle, Yasukuni Dori bends to the right. Cross over Ochanomizu Dori intersection and keep going straight. Ginkeido is on the right. 3-1 Ogawamachi, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku. Open: 10:30am-7pm, closed Sun. Tel: 3291-5081. Fax: 3291-4155

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World

By Emily Temple on 

[Editor's note: In celebration of the holidays, we're counting down the top 12 Flavorwire features of 2012. This post, at #1, was originally published January 31.] With Amazon slowly taking over the publishing world and bookstores closing left and right, things can sometimes seem a little grim for the brick and mortar booksellers of the world. After all, why would anyone leave the comfort of their couch to buy a book when with just a click of a button, they could have it delivered to their door? Well, here’s why: bookstores so beautiful they’re worth getting out of the house (or the country) to visit whether you need a new hardcover or not. We can’t overestimate the importance of bookstores — they’re community centers, places to browse and discover, and monuments to literature all at once — so we’ve put together a list of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, from Belgium to Japan to Slovakia. Just so you know now, all you bookstore fiends: neither the Strand nor Powell’s is on this list. They’re both great bookstores, of course, but not particularly pretty (at least in our minds), and thus disqualified. Click through to see our picks for the most beautiful bookstores in the world, and as always, if we’ve left off your favorite, be sure to add to the collection in the comments! 
A gorgeous converted Dominican church gives the power of reading its due diligence. Selexyz Bookstore, Maastricht, Holland
Modern design at its finest in a store full of art books. The Bookàbar Bookshop, Rome, Italy
We love the stairs as reading and display area, the wall-to-wall bookshelves, and the simple, clean design. Plural Bookshop, Bratislava, Slovakia
This divine neo-gothic bookstore, opened in 1906, contains what we consider to be the ultimate definition of a stairway to heaven. Livraria Lello, Porto, Portugal
Somehow, this bookstore manages to be both whimsical and slightly macabre all at once. Cook & Book, Brussels, Belgium
There’s magic in the air at this English-language bookstore in Beijing. Bookworm, Beijing, China
This majestic converted 1920s movie palace uses theatre boxes for reading rooms and draws thousands of tourists every year. Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires, Argentina [images via and via]
How could any kid (or adult, for that matter) resist those delicious reading nooks? Poplar Kid’s Republic, Beijing, China
This is a bookstore that seems to be made almost entirely out of books — down to its dramatic front doors. Livraria da Vila, Sao Paulo, Brazil [photos via]
For those who like their green spaces (and coffee shops) to invade their bookstores. Cafebreria El Pendulo, Mexico City, Mexico [photos via]
For those browsers not as impressed by architecture as they are by the beauty of books upon books upon books in narrow hallways — not to mention a place to nap. Shakespeare & Company, Paris, France [photovia]
The huge space, high ceilings and stately pillars make for a lovely reading experience. The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA
For sailors and beach readers alike, this sun-kissed bookstore is a little less ostentatious than some of the others on this list, but no less lovely. Atlantis Books, Santorini, Greece
The biggest outdoor bookstore in the world, this photo doesn’t really do the place justice — it’s all about the view. Bart’s Books, Ojai, California [photo via]
The bookstore section of the larger complex dedicated to art and design certainly lives up to its mission. Corso Como Bookshop, Milan, Italy
We’re suckers for rounded ceilings and decorative lighting. Barter Books, Alnwick, UK [photos via]
This beautifully designed space has surprising shapes, cleverly constructed nooks and crannies and even a tree or two. The American Book Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands [photo via]
Almost utilitarian but filled with simple old-world grace, this store is a little like what we might imagine our ideal ship’s main cabin to look like. VVG Something, Taipei, Taiwan
This store has a flying bike and books to the ceiling. Need we say more? Ler Devagar, Lisbon, Portugal
This slick, super-modern store benefits from clean design and charming flourishes of light and mirrors. Daikanyama T-Site, Tokyo, Japan