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Author Archive: "Barry Eisler"

Writing the Essence

I'm living in Tokyo again this year, and it's been another great adventure. For me, Tokyo was metropolitan love at first sight when I arrived in 1993, and while the city has changed tremendously in various particulars, its essence — the impossible energy, the stunning contrasts, the neon and gloom and the shadow — hasn't changed at all. Living in Tokyo was what inspired me to write my first book, Rain Fall (by happy coincidence, the movie version of the book will be released here by Sony Pictures Japan this April), and looking back, I realize at the center of that inspiration was the desire to capture in words the incredible essence of the city.

Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby

Taking a break from my usual focus on politics and language, I thought I'd talk about sex, instead.

I've long thought of the combat sequences and the sex sequences in the Rain books, my thriller series about half-American, half-Japanese assassin John Rain, under the common rubric of action scenes. And why not? Storytelling doesn't work without revealing character, and nothing reveals more about a person's character than the way he faces violence or the way she makes love. Interested? I have a bit more to say on the subject today on Lust Bites, a leading blog of literary erotica, along with an excerpt of some of the naughty bits from my new book, Requiem for an Assassin, which goes on sale today. Bet you didn't know I'm secretly a romance writer...

Not sure what time I'll check in, because the tour just started and the pace is grueling, but I'll be back every day between now and Friday. See you then — and, if you're near one of my tour stops over the course of the next month, stop by! It would be great to see ...

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