In what ways has society changed since the Stone Age, and in what ways is it exactly the same? The protagonist of the novel Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata confronts this question upon meeting a dissatisfied young man. The young man believes that society is—and always has been—deeply flawed: “Nothing’s changed since the Stone Age. It’s just that nobody...
Imagine yourself descending some stairs, about to arrive at the party pictured here. How do you feel? Nervous and self-conscious? Excited and energetic? Bored and indifferent? Angry and argumentative? Do you feel that you are equipped with the social skills and social knowledge you need to navigate this event in a way you would consider successful? Convenience Store Woman by...
After years of floundering through life, she finally finds herself! She figures out exactly who she is . . . upon being hired as a convenience store worker. At last, to her relief, there is a place on earth where she is needed, where she understands what to do in every situation that arises. Whereas in her personal life she...
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