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"Beauty and Chaos is a spectacular read. It essays are long enough to be cohesive and provocative while remaining short and sweet. The collection is masterful and unique."

Stephanie Chandler, SPR Review

THE BOOKS

COMING SOON!

The Last Train
A Mystery - Thriller Set in Tokyo

"Tokyo's Mystery Deepens is so much more than just a guidebook to Tokyo...It actually plunges into the minuscule details of what it is like to be a Tokyoite."

OnlineBookClub.org

THE AUTHOR

Michael Pronko

Pronko

I have lived, taught and written in Tokyo for fifteen years. I work as a professor at Meiji Gakuin University teaching American literature, culture, film, music, and art. Fielding questions from my students about Jackson Pollock or Kurt Vonnegut and then wandering through Shinjuku’s neon mayhem always puts ideas for writing into my head. Teaching keeps me searching for the heart of life in the world’s biggest city.

I have written for many publications in Japan: The Japan Times for a dozen years, the once-great Tokyo Q, a learner-oriented weekly ST Shukan, Winds magazine, Jazz Colo[u]rs (in Italian!), and Artscape Japan. I have run my own website Jazz in Japan (jazzinjapan.com) for almost a decade. I also helped found Japan’s first bilingual jazz magazine, Jazznin and continue to publish academic articles and run a conference on teaching literature.

The essays in Beauty and Chaos: Slices and Morsels of Tokyo Life were originally published in Newsweek Japan in Japanese and then collected together in a single volume in 2006. Two more collections followed, also in Japanese, The Other Side of English—An Anti-Grammar Manifesto and Tokyo’s Mystery Deepens, both in 2009. These other two collections will soon be out as e-books in both Japanese and in English.

Until now, these essays have never been published in English. Their popularity here in Japan has led to my being invited for regular appearances on programs for NHK (Japan’s PBS) and Nihon TV’s “The Most Useful School in the World.” It’s fascinating to video-fy the essays, but TV is a very different mindset from the written word. Essays seem to capture Tokyo best, or at least offer a calm space from which to ponder it all.

I was born in Kansas City, also a very different world from Tokyo. After traveling around the world and popping in and out of graduate school, I lived in Beijing, China for three years. Now, I live in Tokyo with my wife, Lisa Yinghong Li, who also teaches and writes.

Two mystery-thrillers set in Tokyo, The Last Train and Tokyo Hand will be coming out soon!

"Could one have a better guide? Anyone planning to work and live in Tokyo for a period of time will find Pronko indespensable."

BookReview.com

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