The NC Japan Center was extremely honored to interview Mr. Barry Eisler! Barry is the New York Times bestselling author of the popular John Rain and Livia Lone series of thrillers, and worked previously in a covert position for the CIA’s Directorate of Operations. He was also a technology lawyer and startup executive in Japan and Silicon Valley before starting his career as a critically acclaimed novelist.
In Part 1, Barry tells us about his background and how he was first introduced to Japan, as well as how the character of “John Rain” was created. Barry also talks about his time living and working in Japan, as well as his writing process and “pearls of wisdom” for aspiring writers.
In Part 2, Barry discusses American “exceptionalism,” finding perspective through living and working in Japan, and discovering and celebrating the cultural contrasts between Japan and the US.
The commentary and opinions of the interview participants are their own, and not those of North Carolina State University.
Read more about Barry and his work on his homepage: www.barryeisler.com
Links to items discussed in Part 1:
- Barry Eisler: Books
- Kodokan Judo Institute
- James Clavell’s Shogun (TV Miniseries)
- Junko Onishi (Jazz Pianist)
- Terumasa Hino (Jazz Trumpeter)
- TED Talk: Andrew Stanton: The Clues to a Great Story (“2+2=4”)
- Ken Follett: The Key to Rebecca
- Patrick Suskind: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
- Jocko Podcast
- Mark Baker: NAM: The Vietnam War in the Words of the Men and Women Who Fought There
- Stanley Karnow: Vietnam: A History
- The Vietnam Experience
- John Plaster: SOG: The Secret Wars of America’s Commandos in Vietnam
Links to items discussed in Part 2:
- Barry Eisler: How would you explain the difference between war and terrorism to a space alien?
- Barry Eisler: Graveyard of Memories (Kindle in Motion)
- American Exceptionalism (Wikipedia Article)
- Lèse-majesté (laws) (Wikipedia Article)
- Joseph Epstein (WSJ, Dec. 11, 2020): Is There a Doctor in the White House? Not if You Need an M.D.
- Christopher Rosen (Vanity Fair, Dec. 18, 2020): Dr. Jill Biden Responds to Wall Street Journal Op-ed: “That Was Such a Surprise”
- Don Quijote Co., Ltd. (Japanese discount store) (Wikipedia Article)
- Srsly Sylli: Japanese customer service is amazing (YouTube Video: Japanese Gas Stands)