Our July 1book140 selection is full of references to other artistic works, starting with its title: Kafka on the Shore. Unsurprisingly, the protagonist of Haruki Murakami's novel is a great fan of Franz Kafka, the turn-of-the-20th-century Austrian writer, and discusses several of his works, including "Metamorphosis" and "In the Penal Colony." But there are references to plenty of other books, songs, and films as well. And one of our 1book140 participants, @dgcrow, has decided to compile them all in one place. Check out his Kafka on the Shore reference list, which he plans to continue updating as we read the book. Want to suggest an addition? Tweet him at @dgcrow, or leave a comment on this post.
The US is particularly miserable at putting aside money for the future. Should we blame our paychecks or our psychology?