A few soundbites from the masterful author’s recent interview with The A/V Club, in support of his new The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet. We strongly recommend his work, esp Cloud Atlas and Black Swan Green, to all “students of the human condition”:
AVC: You do seem to continue looking at exploitation, inequality, and people kept in place by their lack of economic and social power. Is it safe to say that’s an ongoing theme in your work?
DM: It’s a fair notation.
AVC: It certainly isn’t a theme that’s going to lose relevance anytime soon.
DM: [Laughs.] That’s true. I’m trying…
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I came across the following New York Times article today: “Koreans Agog as Off-Screen Soap Becomes Courtroom Drama.” Being of Korean descent, it captured my attention immediately. The article details the affects of the South Korean adultery law, “which prohibits extramarital affairs and can land those found guilty in prison for up to two years.” South Korea is one of the few non-Muslim countries with such a law making adultery punishable with a jail sentence. Who knew?
As I read the article, I started wondering how to look at the situation in terms of the different uses…
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