To do my part to sell readers on Alan Brown's first novel, Audrey Hepburn's Neck (1996), I've got a fresh post up at Spot-on.
It's not only a wonderful read but it will make you (a little) smarter about life in Japan.
This is more than I'm willing to say about Sophia Coppola's film, Lost in Translation (2003). But it's a fine film for other reasons, all spelled out in the Spot-on post.
If my enthusiasm for Brown's book doesn't persuade you to put it on your reading list, click here for a second opinion.