300 short stories:: story 182

story: “Men Without Women”

author: Haruki Murakami

year: 2017

where: golden chaise

note: I haven’t picked up this collection since summer 2017.

a line: “I already know what it is to be the second-loneliest man on earth. But I still don’t know what it is to be the loneliest. A deep gulf separates the second and the first loneliest on earth.”

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300 short stories:: story 147

story: Wealth and Poverty (Himpuku-ron)

author: Ueda Akinari

year: 1776

where: bed

note: from Ugetsu Monogatari or Tales of Moonlight and Rain (Routledge Revivals) : A Complete English Version of the Eighteenth-Century Japanese Collection of Tales of the Supernatural, Routledge, 2012

a line: “If a man is idle, he can in time consume even Mt T’ai. In the end he can drink dry even the rivers and oceans.”

extra line: “It’s impossible for any samurai to sleep peacefully on his pillow. As matters stand now, the government seems un­likely to endure. Can anyone bring unity and give the people peace?”