Sunday, November 16, 2008

Salmonella Men on Planet Porno

Over brunch I came across a review of Salmonella Men on Planet Porno and I could not believe I was unaware of Tsutsui – especially if the stories were written in the 1970’s!
K, maybe the fact that he has just recently been translated to English has something to do with.

In the Kafkaesque "Rumours About Me," an ordinary office worker finds himself the subject of 24/7 media coverage, his face on every screen and in every morning paper, his every act streamed on the airwaves. Is someone playing a practical joke? Is it a conspiracy to drive him mad? Is he mad? As the protagonist's sedative-gulping doctor explains, "If your environment is abnormal, then you must be abnormal too. ... If you persist in asserting your own sanity, it proves, conversely, that your environment is in fact normal but that you alone are abnormal. If you consider your environment to be abnormal, then by all means lose your mind!"

Oh, BTW, I may have a sweet porn opportunity (connection), but can't imagine leaving my Kafkaesque life behind.

8 comments:

Ogg the Caveman said...

Only in Japan...

Centipede said...

Maybe the nuclear reactions hit the west coast of the U.S.A....
How did those f-ing octopi get so smart?

Lab Dog™ said...

Terms like "Kafaesque" are rather childish.

Suki said...

Wasn't Stella in that old film with Brando?

someone you know said...

Kafaesque, only this and nothing more.

someone u no said...

alas sweet lenore, nevermore.

u don't know me said...

merely this, and nothing more

JohnDiddler said...

IF YOU GUYS ARE NOT MURST THAN I AM THE MURSTIEST.

i'm just writing to admit that i steal from your hep blog often.

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