The curious ‘bookstore’ around the corner

July 24, 2017 § Leave a comment

There’s a unusual storefront tucked in the alleys of Da’an district. At first glance, it looks like a bookstore, with the large floor-to-ceiling windows and piles of books. If you stop to take a good look, it more closely resembles a deserted storage room with endless mounds of books that extend deep into the space. I have never seen anyone enter or leave during the few times I’ve walked past it.

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幾米 Jimmy: 微笑的魚 A Fish With A Smile

January 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve been feeling pretty homesick for Taiwan recently.  In the past, I would go back every summer to get my fix but since I decided to stay in the States to look for a job, I couldn’t really leave.

One of my favorite books growing up in Taiwan was called Xei Xiao Der Yu or  “A Fish With A Smile”.  It’s written and illustrated by renowned Taiwanese illustrated Jimmy Liao. The premise is simple; a lonely man finds solace and comfort with his pet fish, who is always smiling at him. The illustrations are charming and warm and the story is heart-warming.

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