'Broken glass, broken lives'

'Broken glass, broken lives'

Joji Oka, Kinuyo Tanaka in 1933 Japanese gangster film, Dragnet Girl.

Joji Oka, Kinuyo Tanaka in 1933 Japanese gangster film, Dragnet Girl.

Still image of Nina Quartero in the 1933 ‘lost’ film, The Monkey’s Paw.

Still image of Nina Quartero in the 1933 ‘lost’ film, The Monkey’s Paw.

"I’ve Had About Enough of This". Uncle Sam leaps across the border fence with Mexico to chase Pancho Villa.  1916 cartoon by Clifford K. Berryman.

"I’ve Had About Enough of This". Uncle Sam leaps across the border fence with Mexico to chase Pancho Villa. ¬†1916 cartoon by Clifford K. Berryman.

In his or her own way, everyone I saw before me looked happy. Whether they were really happy or just looked it, I couldn’t tell. But they did look happy on this pleasant early afternoon in late September, and because of that I felt a kind of loneliness new to me, as if I were the only one here who was not truly part of the scene. — ¬†Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood