239 pages / October 2014 / 1,400 yen(w/o tax)
The surprising debut of an unlikely philosophy idol
Philosophical teachings written in a funny, biographical way
Why is it so difficult to live in this world? It’s hard to explain why living a normal life without feeling out of place or losing our way is so difficult. There are many people who deal with these very same problems. Mariru Harada, the author of this book, once struggled with these feelings as well. Then, when she was a high school student she came across a philosophy book that would change her life. The words of encouragement that she discovered in that unconventional philosophy book shined great light into her life and gave her the strength she needed to live the way she wanted. How is it that Harada, a former top promotional model and teen idol, was able to provide us with such an insightful, humorously written biographical account based on her own experiences in her very first written work?
– It isn’t a lack of effort that makes life difficult
– Love is both a tragedy and a comedy
– Sadomasochism is a psychological battle of wits
– Not wanting to be a bad person is hypocritical
– How to cope when you feel you’re about to break down
– Many philosophers are so-called perverts
– Why do fans get angry when teen idols find love?
– It’s easier to feel pain than it is to feel happiness
– You can’t run away from cruel choices and decisions
– Is it okay to be happy at the expense of others?
– Why do good intentions bring bad results?
– Life is a series of unexpected developments and mid-course adjustments
The most gratifying thing about my career as an editor is being introduced to new talent. I was introduced to the amazing Mariru Harada on Facebook by another author. Harada’s words pack quite a punch -– they are hard hitting yet at the same time possess a delicacy in delivery and rhythm. She draws you in, makes you laugh, and keeps your interest. I know you’ll feel as strongly about her work as I do!