“I was reading all the time. Most of my reading was genre fiction, a lot of paperbacks, anything that had a good story. Open it up, read a couple of pages, if it grabs you — boom — take it home. Cinema literature, and then certain novelists that I fell in love with. J. D. Salinger in particular was a big inspiration to me and not all of Larry McMurtry’s books but some of them. I really like that a lot of Larry McMurtry’s books take place in this one universe and the supporting character of one story could have his own novel eight years later.”—Quentin Tarantino
TL note: I found Araki’s talks in JoJonium to be particularly fascinating and shed new light on the characters so I decided to translate them. Every effort was made to capture the meaning, tone and diction of the original text. Enjoy!