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The Butterfly Effect

It was the best idea I’d ever had. Filing out of the Prague State Opera, my partner asked me suddenly: “What happened to that boy?” The boy was “Trouble,” Madame Butterfly’s son, played in most productions by a blond, Western child. In the port of Nagasaki, Trouble’s mother, a geisha, had for one ecstatic season…
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The Heat of the Sun: Ten Quotations

In writing The Heat of the Sun I kept extensive notebooks. Often I wrote lines or quotations which seemed to me to capture the essence of the book, or, at least, the qualities with which I wished to imbue it. Here are ten quotations I took down. Sometimes I intended to include them in the…
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