Slightly Peckish Tuesday
26 April, 2011
This week I talk about Japan’s iconic department store Mitsukoshi which features in Junichiro Tanizaki’s The Makioka Sisters and what I had for lunch at the London branch in Umamimart: Slightly Peckish. Check it!
In bookish news, did anyone seen the tv adaptation of The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher on Easter Monday? I was planning to read the book beforehand, but didn’t even manage to open the first page. So I’m going to try and read it this week and catch up online. You’d think being on holiday (especially since I’m bumming around in London) would give me plenty of time to catch up on my reading. Um, no. To be fair, my social schedule is pretty full as I have friends in town plus my mum and I also want to catch Ai Wei Wei’s Sunflower Seeds exhibition at the Tate Modern before it too disappears.
I’ve also grown bored with the tv adaptation of The Crimson Petal and the White after 2 episodes, even though I’m a huge fan of Romola Garai. She’s fantastic in it.
I’m currently reading the 5th volume in Steven Erikson’s Malazan series, Midnight Tides, and it’s excellent as usual although I forgot I need to concentrate as he has introduced another slew of new characters. Re-reading Gardens of the Moon was like re-visiting old friends and only required a tweaking of memory. I’m also starting Tahmima Anam’s The Good Muslim because her debut A Golden Age was one of my favourites of 2009. She is an amazing writer and I’m really excited about seeing her at the Festival of Asian Literature next month!
I’ve also applied for tickets for next year’s Olympics and have bagged some royal wedding merchandise (a £5 coin and Oyster card – both limited edition) although I’ve been studiously avoiding all the programmes leading up to Friday’s big day. I’m just thankful we have another long weekend. But I have to say Regent Street looks very festive with all the Union Jacks strung across the buildings.
So, what have you all been doing?