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Vineland (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
Thomas Pynchon
Tristes Tropiques
Claude Lévi-Strauss, Patrick Wilcken, John Weightman, Doreen Weightman
Richard III
William Shakespeare
The Dwarf
Alexandra Dick, Pär Lagerkvist
The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Owen, Cecil Day-Lewis
Labyrinths
Richard Wolin
Giotto to Dürer: Early Renaissance Painting in the National Gallery
Jill Dunkerton, Susan Foister, Dillian Gordon, Nicholas Penny
Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics
Hubert L. Dreyfus, Paul Rabinow
Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon
A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel
Steven Weisenburger
Cartels of the Mind: Japan's Intellectual Closed Shop - Ivan P. Hall This is not a bad book - it was probably quite important when it appeared - but it is far too narrow for the general reader. If you're interested in the technicalities of admission to the Japanese legal fraternity in the 1990's, this is the read for you.

There is, of course, interesting material in it - anecdotes of the author's own experience, about Karel van Wolferen, Fallows -- and for the browser (like me), the book was worth an hour or two...

No question that the general thesis about Japanese insularity is probably quite correct.