But where will it end?
Japanese detective story author Edogawa Rampo was
known, for among other things, his signature glasses. He died in 1965. Yohei
Kusanagi, a young Tokyo designer has come up with a replica of Rampo’s glasses
as a way to encourage young people to read. One hundred copies of the replica
are offered for sale. The price: Yen 84,000 or roughly US$735.
would buy a lot of books. It makes me wonder if young Japanese potential readers
have that kind of cash for a replica of Rampo’s glasses.
the Daily Yomiuri online + Associated Press, “His glasses, the
bottom of which are rimless, have bifocal lenses and a rounded tortoiseshell
frame. The writer's signature is printed on one of the bows.”
a replica of Somerset Maugham’s cocktail glass from the Raffles Bar? Or his
walking stick? A replica of one of the ship’s Joseph Conrad in a bottle is a
thought. In my case, many years hence, perhaps there might be a replica of my
old, tattered and long expired press card that looks like a Martian passport.
A tip of the cap to Sarah Weinman at Confessions of an
Idiosyncratic Mind for the article.