Ben Smithgall

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Software and data at Spotify. Previously with U.S. Digital Service and Code for America.






By Kazuo Ishiguro

Finished reading on February 15, 2019

A collection of short stories that are obsessed with nostalgia for the 40s, and deal only cursorily with music. The writing is plainspoken and often flat. It feels a bit like something is missing. The best of the bunch is the last one: “Cellists” which revolves around the mania of self-appointed genius. I was surprised to learn that Ishiguro himself was an aspiring musician before he turned to writing.