"Immersion in the life of the world, a willingness to be inhabited by and to speak for others, including those beyond the realm of the human, these are the practices not just of the bodhisattva but of the writer." --Jane Hirshfield

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

A Clean, Well-Lighted Place...to Live

Japan counts over 5,000 "net cafe refugees" -- working poor people, mostly men, who live in the all-night cafes that offer meals, showers and clean underwear as well as web access.

Not exactly Hemingway, is it?

Read about Japan's Lost Generation.


SB said...

Even clean underwear! Damn!

Zen of Writing said...

What I want to know is, if only 20% are women, is there women's underwear as well?

ana said...

Maybe it's How to be homeless but not look it. Unless you are hit by a car, and at the hospital, the doctors say, "Uh, isn't that the underwear they sell at the cafe?"