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At the Onsen

If I was already blushing like a sakura when I untied my yukata, I am sure my face was as red as a freshly sliced tuna sashimi when I turned around and faced the breasts of a stranger. They were round with a narrow valley between them… Read More

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Gaijin Penjual Buku Terakhir

Jika bukan karena toko buku, Dominic Jason Ward mungkin akan menghabiskan hari tuanya di pantai-pantai tropis dengan botol bir di tangan dan lagu-lagu Bob Marley yang diputar tanpa henti saat matahari terbit, matahari tinggi, matahari terbenam, bulan terang, dan bulan mati. Namun, lima belas tahun… Read More

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Menyeberangi Danau yang Entah Dalam, Entah Tidak

Saat penulis Jhumpa Lahiri memutuskan pindah ke Italia, lalu menghabiskan setahun berbicara dan menulis hanya dalam bahasa Italia, tentu bukan semata karena kecintaannya akan bahasa baru itu. Bahasa Italia, untuknya, bukan bahasa yang harus dikuasai. Karenanya ia menarik, dan membebaskan. Berbeda dengan bahasa Bengali yang… Read More

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A Letter for Toru

Dear Toru, I didn’t think of beauty when I first saw sakura in full bloom. I thought of you instead. We were shivering in our sweaters, unprepared for the biting cold of early spring in Tokyo and exhausted after a long train ride in the… Read More

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Dari Sisi Ibu yang Memilah Kartu

Kartu-kartu nama itu ia tumpahkan di meja lipat di depan bangku kereta. Perlahan si ibu tua memilah dan mengelompokkannya; kartu potongan harga, kartu anggota toko kelontong, kartu anggota klab senam, kartu nama orang-orang, kartu nama tukang ledeng, toko perkakas, dan entah. Ada kartu dengan gambar… Read More

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The Mad Ones: Seumpama Books

We first met Seumpama Books at the 2015 Christmas Bazaar at 1/15 Coffee and thought they were completely mad. They have to be, why else would someone start a book studio in Jakarta when the space for books in bookstores across the city is shrinking,… Read More

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Two Months of Breathing Books

Teddy and I breathe books. We make sense of the world through stories, we travel because of books, and the best friendships in our lives are intertwined by reading. POST, our independent bookshop in Pasar Santa, is a way for us to bring together our love… Read More