Hearn's folktale-like "kwaidan"—the Japanese word for ghost
stories—aren't as well-known as they should be. You can rectify this lapse in
your reading with this delightful volume (and learn more about its creator from
Michael Dirda here).
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December 5: "Memoir in America is an atrocity arms race. A memoir that reveals incest is trumped by one that reveals bestiality..."
Novelist Wiley Cash uncovers the notebook of his seventh-grade self: "Halloween Hallow," Die Hard, and an apprentice writer's first work of suspense.
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