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Want to know how our books come together? Team Maplopo records and transcribes an aftertalk with each significant effort.

To save you from our disjointed thinking, we share the lightly edited versions here. We enjoy going through these again ourselves, and people seem to appreciate seeing how we work. We hope you do as well.

Osamu Dazai, "Wish Fulfilled"

Reiko and Doc chat about going through this lovely short story from Dazai. At this point in their venture, Doc hadn’t even really heard of Dazai! Read our aftertalk for Dazai Osamu’s Wish Fulfilled after the jump.

Atsushi Nakajima, "Legend of the Master"

One of Reiko’s most treasured stories… there was a lot to this story, and a few difficult passages (as always) that had us running around in circles for awhile. Take the trek with us.

Sakaguchi Ango, "Wind, Light, and The Twenty-Year Old Me"

At the start of 2022, we finished our translation of Wind, Light, and The Twenty-Year-Old Me. This Sakaguchi aftertalk immediately followed the final edits on the book. Enjoy.