Japanizam!

Over a month ago (I know, I know, it takes me forever to post, and I really should post more often), it was Japanizam time.

Japanizam is a pop culture convention in Belgrade that was held, for the first time, 10 years ago (has it been 10 years already?), and, while it started as a Japanese pop culture convention, it has grown quite a bit, and now it encompasses pretty much everything and anything that’s related to numerous fandoms and popular culture phenomenons. A lot of it is still related to manga, anime, and Japan in general, but cosplayers wore whatever they wanted (think Cersei, Littlefinger, Joker, Harley Quinn, Negan…), and there were panels related to interesting non-Japanese things, too.

And there was a surprise, as well: since most of the visitors are young, the organizers thought that only a small number of them would be interested in an academic lecture of sorts (about anime and psychoanalysis). As it turned out, there wasn’t enough room for everyone: after everyone grabbed a chair, people were standing wherever they could, sitting on the floor, sitting behind and around the lecturer… And everyone had a great time. Like here:

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Or here:

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And was the convention fun? Sure it was: panels, awesome cosplayers talking about their work, history, mythology, games, performers… The pictures and the video (the performance was inspired by Ghost in the Shell) show only a part of it, but hopefully enough to get an idea of the fun everyone had.

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The New Comment Policy

Spammers are getting worse.

Well, some would say that they’re smarter now.

Recently, I had to delete a huge number of spam messages. They don’t look like spam; they look like completely normal comments, except for the fact that they have nothing to do with this blog, not to mention that they often look like a perfectly normal response directed at someone who isn’t here.

So, if you comment on a post and it doesn’t immediately show, don’t worry: as soon as I approve your comment, it will appear on the blog, and in the meantime, you won’t have to look at random nonsense.

Sorry about the inconvenience.

More Books, More Cats

There I was, taking care of some boring administrative stuff, and then visiting some bookstores. The plan was to finish the boring stuff, then buy one book in one bookstore, and one book in another store.

Boring stuff was made better by a family of kitties I’ve seen at Skadarlija (a vintage street in Belgrade). You can see one on the photo above, and here is another:

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This tiny kitten sure demands attention

And here is their mother:

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The street is full of restaurants, and the little ones are sunbathing in one of them. Just a coincidence, I’m certain.

You can see the entire series of the feline family photos here.

And the books? Well, of course I didn’t buy just two of them. The owners are promoting one of the bookstores I’ve visited, and some of their books are on sale; you can get five of them for less than $2 per book.

And so, I got back home with seven new books.

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The titles on the picture are in Serbian, of course, but only one of them, Kada kažeš da sam tvoj by Goran Skrobonja, is a Serbian book (a nostalgic rock’n’roll novel set in Belgrade in the eighties). The others are: The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante (the second book in The Neapolitan Novels tetralogy), If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower, La Fascination du pire (The Fascination of Evil) by Florian Zeller, The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, and NW by Zadie Smith.

See something you like, something you’ve read and loved, or something you’d like me to write about once I read it?