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Wayne Conti (Mercer Street Books, NYC)

Wayne Conti (Mercer Street Books, NYC)

Mercer Street Books was opened in 1990 and the owner Wayne Conti has been running this bookstore for 30 years. In 2015 we visited there by chance and got some books written by Thomas McGuane and John Maxwell Coetzee. We were fascinated with the unique signboard in front of the entrance. We also liked the owner with glasses and the interesting selection of this store. When we remember NYC we recall this bookstore. “Interestingly enough, Susan Sontag was a customer here, and she told me this was her favorite bookstore,” he said.     Wayne Conti (Mercer Street Books, NYC)   Q1. What did...

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JÖRGEN AXELVALL (KEN NAKAHASHI Gallery, Shinjuku, Tokyo) 

JÖRGEN AXELVALL (KEN NAKAHASHI Gallery, Shinjuku, Tokyo) 

“Susan Sontag, the great American polymath and photography critic, wrote, “To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.” Swedish photographer and artist Jörgen Axelvall, in his expansive body of work, encapsulates Sontag’s theory with his lens pointed, always, at the here and now and the beauty of the (more often than not) male form in its prime — with the lingering realization that this will also decay and succumb to the ravages of time.“ quoted from “THE...

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Takashi Matsushita / 松下隆志 (researcher and translator of modern russian literature)

Takashi Matsushita / 松下隆志 (researcher and translator of modern russian literature)

  What does come to your mind when you hear the word "postmodern”? "ポストモダン"という言葉を聞いて、あなたは何を思い浮かべますか? Эпоха, в которой мы живем. Все пытаются вытеснить его в прошлое, но он все еще наше настоящее. 私たちが生きている時代。誰もがそれを過去に追いやろうとしているが、それは依然として私たちの現在である。    Twitter: @takashiM2

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Marcin Gałązka (Antykwariat Kwadryga, Warsaw)

Marcin Gałązka (Antykwariat Kwadryga, Warsaw)

Marcin Gałązka of the antique & book store Antykwariat Kwadryga answers some questions from 後現代 | POSTGENDAI. We came across this garden-level store. The cosy light was passing through the open door. When we walked into the store, Marcin spoke to us gently and talked about old Polish magazines, the design of old propaganda posters, and the city of Warsaw. This is the place we rarely see nowadays, probably we only see in old films. However, this secret cultural place exists at present. We can feel POSTGENDAI atmosphere here. Marcin Gałązka (Antykwariat Kwadryga, Warsaw)   Q1. What did you often think...

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Jc Chen / 陳正菁 (Founder of Illumination Books / 浮光書店, Taipei)

Jc Chen / 陳正菁 (Founder of Illumination Books / 浮光書店, Taipei)

Jc Chen / 陳正菁, founder of Illumination Books / 浮光書店 answers some questions from 後現代 | POSTGENDAI. Illumination Books was founded in 2017 and celebrated its second anniversary in this June. The books are all carefully selected by the owner, Jc Chen, who truly has the spirit of POSTGENDAI. Since its beginning, the bookstore attracts students, writers and artists not only from Taiwan but also from overseas. Jc Chen / 陳正菁 (Founder of Illumination Books / 浮光書店, Taipei)   Q1. What did you often think about when you were about 15 years old? I used to think about the meaning of love, life and death, and why we...

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