Shuowei Jin

Shuowei Jin

PhD Candidate at University of Michigan CSE

University of Michigan

Biography

I am a fourth-year PhD Candidate in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Michigan under the supervision of Prof. Z. Morley Mao. I received my bachelor’s degree from the School of the Gifted Young at the University of Science and Technology of China, majoring in computer science and advised by Prof. Wei Gong.

My current research interests lie in creating systems to support machine learning model deployments (Systems for ML) and building intelligent and reliable network systems with machine learning models (ML for Systems).

I am a research intern at Microsoft Research Redmond, in the summer of 2023, fortunately working with Dr. Francis Y. Yan on building systems to optimize the performance of machine learning models in network system. I also interned at Alibaba DAMO Academy, in the summer of 2020, collaborating with Dr. Hong Wu and Dr. Tieying Zhang on applying machine learning to automatically tune database systems. I also work with Prof. Nanyun Peng as a research intern at the USC Information Sciences Institute in 2019 summer to apply language models on extracting event hierarchy.

Interests
  • Systems for ML
  • ML for Systems
  • Mobile Systems
Education
  • PhD in Computer Science and Engineering, 2020-Present

    University of Michigan

  • BEng in Computer Science, 2016-2020

    School of the Gifted Young, University of Science and Technology of China

Experience

 
 
 
 
 
Research Intern
May 2023 – Present Redmond, Washington, United States
Work on building system to optimize machine learning model deployments in Network System.
 
 
 
 
 
Research Intern
May 2020 – July 2020 Hangzhou, China
Work on applying machine learning to automatically tune database systems.

Recent Publications

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(2024). OASIS: Collaborative Neural-Enhanced Mobile Video Streaming. MMSys 2024.

(2024). QUIC is not Quick Enough over Fast Internet. WWW 2024.

(2024). The Case for Boosting Mobile Application QoE via Smart Band Switching in 5G/xG Networks. HotMobile 2024.

(2023). On Data Fabrication in Collaborative Vehicular Perception: Attacks and Countermeasures. USENIX Security 2024.

(2023). Poster: QUIC is not Quick Enough over Fast Internet. IMC 2023.

Services

  • Conference Reviewer: ACM WWW 2024, NeurIPS 2023, ICML 2023.
  • Journal Reviewer: Neural Networks, IEEE TMC, IEEE Network Magazine.

Contact

Miscellaneous

Ars longa, vita brevis (艺术千秋,人生朝露)
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Everything Everywhere All at Once
Everything Everywhere All at Once, directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, collectively known as Daniels. This 2022 film is a unique and imaginative take on the science fiction and fantasy genres, blending elements of comedy, drama, and action in an innovative narrative structure. “Everything Everywhere All at Once” revolves around the life of Evelyn Wang (played by Michelle Yeoh), a middle-aged Chinese-American woman who runs a struggling laundromat with her husband Waymond Wang (played by Ke Huy Quan). Her life is filled with mundane challenges, including a strained relationship with her rebellious daughter Joy (played by Stephanie Hsu) and caring for her elderly father (played by James Hong). The plot takes a fantastical turn when Evelyn is suddenly thrust into an extraordinary adventure, where she learns that multiple universes exist, and she can access the skills and memories of her alternate selves. Her husband Waymond, who reveals himself to be from another universe, informs her that a great evil threatens the multiverse, and she is the only one who can stop it.
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Odd Taxi
Odd Taxi is a Japanese anime television series that first aired in 2021. The series quickly gained recognition for its unique storytelling, intriguing characters, and its blend of mystery and drama set in a seemingly ordinary world populated by anthropomorphic animals. The story revolves around Hiroshi Odokawa, a 41-year-old walrus and taxi driver, who leads a mundane life driving his taxi around the streets of Tokyo. However, Odokawa’s routine life takes a turn when he gets involved in a missing person case. The series unfolds as a complex narrative, intertwining the lives of various characters who ride in Odokawa’s taxi, each with their own stories and secrets. What sets “Odd Taxi” apart is its distinctive approach to storytelling. The series skillfully weaves together multiple plotlines, gradually revealing connections between different passengers and their individual tales. The narrative is filled with suspense, dark humor, and social commentary, making it more than just a simple anthropomorphic drama.
Odd Taxi
夜晚的潜水艇(Submarine of the Night)
陈春成, a distinguished figure in the realm of Chinese literature, is celebrated for his unique narrative style, characterized by a blend of surreal imagination and an elegantly subdued prose. His works often traverse the boundaries between reality and fantasy, creating a distinctive literary voice that resonates with a sense of mystique and introspection. “夜晚的潜水艇 (Submarine of the Night)” is Chen Chuncheng’s debut short story collection, a testament to his literary prowess and imaginative depth. This collection comprises nine stories that wander between the old landscapes of mountains and rivers and the unknown expanses of the universe. Chen’s writing, marked by its exquisite and buoyant imagination, skillfully opens secret passageways between reality and the realm of dreams. The stories in “Submarine of the Night” are an eclectic mix of narratives. a young boy roaming the sea depths, ancient steles lost in deep forests, phrases diffusing into everything, cloud pruning stations, the art of sword-making and wine brewing, a saxophone under the iron curtain, and a concert hall inside a blue whale. These tales weave themes of hiding and seeking, pursuit and escape, capturing the transient certainties found between the scorching sun and the deep abyss.
夜晚的潜水艇(Submarine of the Night)
Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey, an American singer-songwriter, is known for her cinematic style, distinctive voice, and atmospheric music that blends themes of melancholic romance, glamour, and melancholy. Her work often references pop culture, particularly 1950s and 1960s Americana, and is characterized by its exploration of tragic romance, glamour, and escapism. Her critically acclaimed album “Norman Fucking Rockwell!” released in 2019, is a quintessential representation of her artistic evolution and a standout in her discography. The album is named after the iconic American painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell, known for his depictions of everyday American life. This title sets the tone for the album’s exploration of the American dream and its discontents, a recurring theme in Del Rey’s work.
Ryuichi Sakamoto (坂本 龍一)
Ryuichi Sakamoto is a revered Japanese composer, musician, and producer, known for his pioneering work in electronic and ambient music, as well as for his numerous film scores. His extensive career, marked by innovation and versatility, has made him a highly influential figure in contemporary music. Sakamoto’s ability to blend different musical traditions, from classical to avant-garde electronic, has earned him international acclaim. His album “async,” released in 2017, stands as a significant work in his discography. This album is a deep, introspective journey into sound, showcasing Sakamoto’s mastery in crafting ambient landscapes. It represents a meditation on mortality, inspired in part by his own experience with cancer, and a contemplation on the nature of life and the inevitability of death.
Amazarashi
Amazarashi, a Japanese rock band known for their poignant and introspective music, has made a significant mark in the world of J-Rock. Formed in 2007 by Hiromu Akita, the band is celebrated for its deep, thought-provoking lyrics and a unique style that blends rock with a distinct poetic sensibility. One of their most notable songs, “僕が死のうと思ったのは (Boku ga Shinou to Omotta no Wa),” translates to “The Reason I Thought I’d Die,” and is a powerful testament to the band’s artistic depth. This song, characterized by its haunting melody and introspective lyrics, delves into themes of despair, hope, and the struggles of the human condition.
Khalil Fong (方大同)
方大同 (Khalil Fong) is a notable artist known for his versatile musical style, blending elements of R&B, soul, jazz, and pop. Khalil Fong’s album “JTW 西游记” stands as a remarkable testament to his musical ingenuity and cultural heritage. Drawing inspiration from the classic Chinese novel “Journey to the West,” Fong reimagines the timeless tale through a modern musical lens. This album is not just a collection of songs; it’s a fusion of traditional Chinese motifs with contemporary R&B and soul rhythms, showcasing Fong’s unique ability to bridge cultural gaps.
Mob Psycho 100
Mob Psycho 100 is a widely acclaimed Japanese anime series based on the webcomic created by ONE, who is also known for the hit series “One Punch Man.” First aired in 2016, “Mob Psycho 100” has been celebrated for its unique visual style, engaging storyline, and well-developed characters. The series centers around Shigeo Kageyama, a seemingly average middle school boy nicknamed “Mob” for his lack of presence. However, Mob is anything but ordinary; he is an incredibly powerful esper with immense psychic abilities. Despite his powers, Mob lives under a constant self-imposed restraint, as he fears losing control of his abilities and harming others. Mob works as an assistant to Reigen Arataka, a self-proclaimed psychic and conman who exploits Mob’s powers for profit. As Mob deals with everyday life and the trials of adolescence, he encounters other espers, spirits, and various paranormal phenomena.
Mob Psycho 100
No Party for Cao Dong (草东没有派对)
草东没有派对 (No Party for Cao Dong) is a indie rock band widely acclaimed for their emotionally charged music and candid lyrics that resonate with the experiences of the younger generation. Formed in 2015 in Taipei, the band quickly rose to prominence in the Asian indie music scene.
路边野餐 (Kaili Blues)
路边野餐 (Kaili Blues)" is an acclaimed film directed by 毕赣 (Bi Gan), released in 2015. This film marked Bi Gan’s directorial debut and quickly garnered international attention for its unique narrative structure, poetic style, and stunning visual cinematography. Set in the lush, subtropical region of Guizhou province in China, “Kaili Blues” revolves around the story of Chen Sheng, a doctor working in a small clinic in the town of Kaili. The narrative is deeply introspective and surreal, blending elements of memory, time, and the mystical journey of its protagonist. In the film, Chen Sheng embarks on a quest to fulfill his late mother’s wish to find his nephew, Weiwei, who has been abandoned by his brother. Alongside this, he carries the task of delivering a series of items, including a photograph, a shirt, and a cassette tape, to an old flame of a lonely elderly woman.
路边野餐 (Kaili Blues)
Better Call Saul
Better Call Saul is an American television series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. It’s a spin-off, prequel, and a sequel to Gilligan’s previous series, “Breaking Bad.” First aired in 2015, “Better Call Saul” has been highly praised for its writing, character development, and complex storytelling. The series focuses on the character Jimmy McGill (played by Bob Odenkirk), a former con artist who becomes a small-time attorney and eventually transforms into the morally ambiguous lawyer Saul Goodman, a character introduced in “Breaking Bad.” The show explores Jimmy’s evolution from an earnest lawyer struggling to escape the shadow of his successful brother, Chuck McGill (played by Michael McKean), to the flamboyant and ethically flexible Saul Goodman. Set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, several years before the events of “Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul” provides a detailed backstory to the transformation of its main character. The series also features other characters from “Breaking Bad,” including Mike Ehrmantraut (played by Jonathan Banks), a former police officer who becomes involved in the criminal underworld, and Gus Fring (played by Giancarlo Esposito), a calm and calculating drug lord.
Better Call Saul
Sodagreen (苏打绿)
苏打绿 (Sodagreen), a prominent indie pop band, is widely admired for its melodious compositions and emotionally resonant lyrics. The band, formed in 2001, quickly rose to fame in the Mandarin-speaking world, known for their poetic storytelling and the unique, ethereal voice of their lead vocalist, Qing-Feng Wu. Their album “冬 未了 (Winter Endless),” released in 2015, is a remarkable work in their discography. This album, part of their “Vivaldi Project,” is themed around the four seasons, with “Winter Endless” representing the winter phase. It showcases Sodagreen’s signature blend of poignant melodies and reflective lyrics, encapsulating the introspective and often bittersweet emotions associated with winter.
Interstellar
Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan, is a critically acclaimed science fiction film released in 2014. Known for its ambitious storytelling, breathtaking visuals, and scientific accuracy, the film explores complex themes such as time, space, love, and survival. The plot of “Interstellar” is set in a dystopian future where Earth is becoming uninhabitable due to climate change and crop blights. The story follows a group of astronauts and scientists, led by former NASA pilot Cooper (played by Matthew McConaughey), who embark on a daring space mission through a wormhole near Saturn. Their goal is to find a new habitable planet for humanity, as Earth’s resources are rapidly dwindling. The narrative delves into the realm of theoretical physics, particularly the concepts of wormholes, black holes, and relativity. The film is renowned for its scientific realism, with theoretical physicist Kip Thorne consulting on the script to ensure the accurate portrayal of these phenomena. “Interstellar” uniquely visualizes the effects of time dilation, where time passes at different rates for different characters, a concept rooted in Einstein’s theory of relativity.
Interstellar
Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人)
Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人, Shingeki no Kyojin) is a critically acclaimed and highly popular Japanese anime series, adapted from the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. The series first aired in 2013 and quickly gained a massive international following for its intense storytelling, complex characters, and dark themes. Set in a world where humanity resides within enormous walled cities to protect themselves from Titans, gigantic humanoid creatures, “Attack on Titan” follows the story of Eren Yeager, his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman, and their friend Armin Arlert. After their hometown is destroyed and Eren’s mother is killed by Titans, they join the military to fight back against these seemingly invincible foes. The series is known for its intense action sequences, deep lore, and its exploration of themes such as freedom, the brutality of war, and the moral complexities of revenge and justice. As the story progresses, it delves into the mysteries behind the existence of Titans, uncovering shocking truths about their world.
Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人)
繁花 (Blossoms)
繁花 (Blossoms), a novel by 金宇澄 (Jin Yucheng), represents a significant work in the landscape of contemporary Chinese literature. Jin Yucheng, an esteemed Chinese author, is known for his exquisite narrative style and his deep exploration of life in urban settings, particularly in Shanghai. His writing often reflects a keen observation of everyday life, capturing the essence of the rapidly changing urban landscape with a nostalgic yet fresh perspective.“Blossoms” is a masterful work that stands out in Jin Yucheng’s literary career. This novel, written entirely in Shanghai dialect, is a remarkable feat that not only captures the unique linguistic flavor of the region but also serves as a vivid portrayal of the city’s life. The narrative is richly layered, interweaving the lives of multiple characters across different time periods, reflecting the complex social tapestry of Shanghai. Set against the backdrop of Shanghai from the 1960s to the early 2000s, “Blossoms” delves into the lives, loves, and struggles of ordinary people, bringing to life the city’s evolution through their stories. The novel is characterized by its intricate plot, detailed character development, and the seamless blending of historical events with the personal experiences of its characters.
繁花 (Blossoms)
Deserts Chang (张悬)/An Pu (安溥)
张悬 (Deserts Chang), also known as 安溥 (An Pu), is known for her unique voice and deeply introspective songwriting. Born in Taipei, Deserts Chang has carved a niche for herself with her distinctive style, blending elements of folk, alternative rock, and poetic lyrics. Her album “神的游戏 (Games We Play),” released in 2012, stands as a testament to her artistic depth and musical versatility. This album is particularly noted for its exploration of complex emotional landscapes and social commentary, delivered through Chang’s captivatingly raw and honest vocal style.
Person of Interest
Person of Interest is an American science fiction crime drama television series created by Jonathan Nolan and produced by J.J. Abrams, which aired from 2011 to 2016. The show is known for its unique blend of procedural elements with overarching narrative threads that explore themes of surveillance, artificial intelligence, and privacy. The series centers around Harold Finch (played by Michael Emerson), a reclusive billionaire and software genius who develops a sophisticated machine for the government. This machine is designed to predict terrorist acts by monitoring and analyzing surveillance data from various sources. However, Finch discovers that the machine can also predict ordinary crimes, prompting him to take action. Finch recruits John Reese (played by Jim Caviezel), a former CIA operative presumed dead, to help him prevent these crimes. Reese acts as Finch’s field agent, using information from the machine to intervene and protect individuals identified as “persons of interest.” The team is later joined by other characters, including NYPD Detective Joss Carter (Taraji P. Henson) and Detective Lionel Fusco (Kevin Chapman), who become integral to their mission.
Person of Interest
Steins;Gate
Steins;Gate" is a highly acclaimed Japanese anime series that first aired in 2011. It is based on a visual novel of the same name developed by 5pb. and Nitroplus. Directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki and Takuya Sato, the series is known for its complex storyline, engaging characters, and exploration of time travel’s theoretical and ethical implications. The story of “Steins;Gate” revolves around Rintarou Okabe, a self-proclaimed mad scientist, and his friends Mayuri Shiina and Itaru “Daru” Hashida. They accidentally discover that their microwave oven machine can send messages to the past, effectively allowing them to alter the course of history. This leads them into the complex world of time travel, where they must navigate the consequences of changing past events. “Steins;Gate” stands out for its detailed and accurate portrayal of time travel and its impact on the storyline and characters. The series delves into various scientific theories and concepts, making it a thought-provoking experience. The narrative is filled with suspense, twists, and turns, keeping viewers engaged throughout.
Steins;Gate
Omnipotent Youth Society (万能青年旅店)
万能青年旅店 (Omnipotent Youth Society) is a Chinese indie rock band known for their unique blend of various musical genres and their deeply poetic and often socially reflective lyrics. Hailing from Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China, the band was formed in the late 1990s and gained significant attention in the Chinese underground music scene.
Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, often simply known as “Gurren Lagann,” is a popular Japanese anime television series produced by Gainax and directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi. First aired in 2007, the series is celebrated for its dynamic animation style, high-energy storytelling, and its inspirational, over-the-top narrative. The story is set in a fictional future where humanity has been forced to live in underground villages, unaware of the world above. The plot kicks off with the discovery of a mysterious mecha by two young men, Simon and Kamina, who dream of going to the surface. After a series of events, they reach the surface with their new friend Yoko, only to find a hostile world ruled by a tyrant, Lordgenome, and his army of beastmen who pilot their own mechs, known as Gunmen.
Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann
大明王朝 (The Ming Dynasty)
大明王朝 (The Ming Dynasty) is a Chinese historical television series that focuses on the events and figures of the Ming dynasty, one of the most notable periods in China’s rich history. This dynasty, known for its cultural, economic, and technological advancements, has been the subject of various TV shows and films, each offering different perspectives on the era. While there are multiple productions that explore the Ming dynasty, a notable one is “大明王朝1566 (The Ming Dynasty 1566),” which aired in 2007. This series specifically concentrates on the latter part of the Ming dynasty, particularly focusing on the reign of the Jiajing and Longqing Emperors, leading up to the initial years of the Wanli Emperor. “The Ming Dynasty 1566” is known for its detailed and accurate portrayal of historical events, political intrigue, and the complex relationships among the imperial family, the court officials, and the common people. The series delves into the intricate power struggles within the Forbidden City and the challenges faced by the empire, including corruption, rebellion, and external threats.
大明王朝 (The Ming Dynasty)
太阳照常升起 (The Sun Also Rises)
太阳照常升起 (The Sun Also Rises)" directed by 姜文 (Jiang Wen), is a notable film in Chinese cinema, released in 2007. Jiang Wen, an acclaimed Chinese actor and filmmaker, is known for his bold directorial style and his films that often explore complex human emotions and societal issues with a unique artistic flair. In “The Sun Also Rises,” Jiang Wen crafts a visually stunning and narratively eclectic film that consists of four interconnected stories set in different time periods, from the Cultural Revolution era to the 1970s. The film is known for its vibrant color palette, whimsical storytelling, and surreal imagery, making it a distinctive work in Jiang Wen’s directorial career. The stories in the film explore themes of love, madness, and the search for happiness. The characters, each quirky and enigmatic in their own way, navigate their lives through the turbulent times they live in. The film’s non-linear narrative and dream-like sequences challenge conventional storytelling, offering a unique cinematic experience.
太阳照常升起 (The Sun Also Rises)
Hikaru Utada (宇多田 ヒカル)
Hikaru Utada, often known simply as Utada in the West, is a highly influential and acclaimed Japanese-American singer-songwriter. She is renowned for her powerful vocals, emotive songwriting, and her ability to blend elements from both Eastern and Western pop music. Utada’s music spans a wide range of genres, and she has become one of the most successful and respected artists in J-pop history. Her debut album, “First Love,” released in 1999, holds a special place in the pantheon of J-pop music. It became the best-selling album in Japan’s history, a record it still holds, and marked a significant moment in the Japanese music industry. The album showcases Utada’s distinctive vocal style and her talent for crafting deeply personal and relatable songs.
David Tao (陶喆)
陶喆 (David Tao), a trailblazer in the Mandarin pop music scene, is renowned for his distinctive musical style that fuses R&B, rock, and pop elements. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Taiwan and the United States, Tao’s multicultural background is deeply reflected in his music, giving him a unique edge in the Asian music industry. David Tao’s self-titled debut album, “David Tao,” released in 1997, marked a significant milestone in the Mandopop genre. It is widely credited with introducing R&B to the Mandarin-speaking world, a genre that was not prevalent in the region’s music scene at the time. The album was a commercial and critical success, establishing Tao as a prominent figure in the industry.
Evangelion (EVA)
Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly known as “EVA,” is a groundbreaking Japanese anime television series directed by Hideaki Anno and produced by Gainax. First aired in 1995, the series has since become a cornerstone of the mecha genre in anime and a cultural phenomenon in its own right. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, “Neon Genesis Evangelion” takes place in a future Tokyo, fifteen years after a global cataclysm. The story revolves around Shinji Ikari, a teenager who is recruited by his estranged father to the secretive organization NERV to pilot a giant bio-mechanical robot known as an Evangelion. These robots are humanity’s last defense against mysterious and powerful beings known as Angels. The series is notable for its deep psychological exploration of its characters, particularly focusing on Shinji’s struggles with his sense of self, his relationships with others, and his unwillingness to pilot the Evangelion. The narrative intertwines complex themes such as identity, depression, and the nature of humanity with religious and philosophical symbolism, setting it apart from typical mecha action anime.
Evangelion (EVA)
Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump," directed by Robert Zemeckis and released in 1994, is an iconic American film that has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. The film stars Tom Hanks in the titular role and is based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. “Forrest Gump” is a remarkable tale of a man with a low IQ who inadvertently becomes a part of several pivotal moments in 20th-century American history. Despite his limited intellectual abilities, Forrest possesses a kind heart and an unwaveringly optimistic outlook on life. His unique perspective and experiences offer a refreshing and often poignant take on various historical events and cultural shifts. The narrative spans several decades, following Forrest’s life from his childhood in Alabama to adulthood. Throughout his life, Forrest encounters and influences key historical events and figures, from teaching Elvis Presley to dance, to serving in the Vietnam War, meeting Presidents, and inspiring the famous “smiley face” slogan. His story intersects with critical moments in American history, yet it’s his personal journey of love, loss, and resilience that forms the core of the film.
Forrest Gump
Dead Poets Society
Dead Poets Society, a 1989 American drama film directed by Peter Weir, is renowned for its inspirational story and powerful performances. The film is set in 1959 at the fictional elite conservative Welton Academy in Vermont and tells the story of an English teacher, John Keating, played by Robin Williams, who inspires his students through his teaching of poetry. The film is celebrated for its exploration of themes such as the stifling nature of conformity, the value of individuality, and the transformative power of literature and poetry. Keating’s unconventional teaching methods and his mantra of “Carpe Diem” (Latin for “Seize the Day”) encourage his students to think for themselves and pursue their passions in life, challenging the rigid norms of their conservative schooling. The story focuses on several students, including Neil Perry, Todd Anderson, and others, who are deeply influenced by Keating. They resurrect a secret club called the “Dead Poets Society,” where they gather to read poetry, embracing the beauty and the freedom of expression it offers. The film beautifully captures the students’ journey of self-discovery, camaraderie, and the struggles they face in balancing their own desires with the expectations imposed upon them.
Dead Poets Society
Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen, a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, and novelist, is celebrated for his deep, resonant voice, profound lyrics, and a career spanning several decades. His work, characterized by its exploration of religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships, has deeply influenced the contemporary music landscape. Cohen’s style often blends elements of folk, pop, and blues, marked by his distinctive use of imagery and poetic devices. His 1971 album, “Songs of Love and Hate,” is a poignant example of his artistry. This album, one of his most emotionally intense, delves into the complexities of human emotions, particularly the dichotomies of love and hate. The songs are beautifully crafted, featuring Cohen’s trademark lyrical depth, delivered in his iconic baritone.
Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd, a British rock band formed in London in 1965, stands as one of the most influential and iconic groups in the history of rock music. Known for their psychedelic sound and philosophical lyrics, Pink Floyd’s progressive and experimental approach to music has made them a staple in the classic rock genre. “The Wall,” released in 1979, is among Pink Floyd’s most famous and critically acclaimed albums. This concept album, primarily written by bassist and lyricist Roger Waters, is an ambitious rock opera that explores themes of abandonment, personal isolation, and the societal pressures that can lead to one’s psychological decline.
Spring Snow
Yukio Mishima (三島由紀夫/みしまゆきお), a prominent and controversial figure in 20th-century Japanese literature, is celebrated for his intricate prose, complex themes, and dramatic life story. Mishima’s works often delve into the realms of beauty, death, and the tension between traditional Japanese culture and modernity, making him a significant literary figure. One of his most acclaimed works is “Spring Snow” (春雪), the first novel in his “Sea of Fertility” tetralogy. Published in 1966, “Spring Snow” is set against the backdrop of the Taisho era in Japan, a period marked by rapid Westernization yet still deeply rooted in traditional values. The novel is a poignant story of ill-fated love, revolving around Kiyoaki Matsugae, a young aristocrat, and Satoko Ayakura, a woman of higher social standing, whose passionate relationship defies the rigid societal norms of the time.
Spring Snow
Flowers for Algernon
Daniel Keyes, an American author, is best known for his deeply moving and intellectually stimulating novel “Flowers for Algernon” (献给阿尔吉侬的花束). First published as a short story in 1959 and later expanded into a full-length novel in 1966, “Flowers for Algernon” has become a classic in modern literature, celebrated for its sensitive treatment of complex themes. “Flowers for Algernon” tells the story of Charlie Gordon, a man with an IQ of 68, who undergoes an experimental surgical procedure to increase his intelligence. This procedure has previously been tested only on a lab mouse named Algernon. As Charlie’s intelligence increases, he becomes aware of the social and emotional complexities of life that he had been oblivious to before. The novel is structured through progress reports written by Charlie, which initially show his limited cognitive abilities and then his rapid intellectual growth.
Flowers for Algernon
Fountainhead
Fountainhead a novel by Ayn Rand, stands as a monumental work in the world of literature, particularly known for its exploration of individualism and Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism. Ayn Rand, a Russian-American writer and philosopher, gained widespread recognition and acclaim through her novels and philosophical writings, which advocate for rational individualism and laissez-faire capitalism. “The Fountainhead,” published in 1943, is one of Rand’s most famous works. The novel centers around Howard Roark, an innovative and uncompromising young architect who refuses to conform to traditional architectural norms and societal expectations. Roark’s character and his struggles represent Rand’s ideal of the independent and creative individual who prioritizes personal vision and integrity over social conformity. The novel is set against the backdrop of the architecture industry, where Roark’s modernist approach clashes with the prevailing styles. His battle against the establishment and his determination to pursue his artistic vision at all costs form the core of the story. The other characters in the novel, including Peter Keating, Ellsworth Toohey, and Dominique Francon, each represent different aspects of society and ideologies that contrast with Roark’s Objectivist philosophy.
Fountainhead