He and wife KA Yoshida translated "The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-old Boy With Autism" by Naoki Higashida
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Suggestiveness in novels becomes exactitude in film. Too much detail clogs text like cholesterol clogs arteries, and three sentences of description per roof/landscape/face are normally ample. The trick is to 'stroke' the reader's imagination into life and get it to work for you. In a film, however, detail cannot be suggested: it is either shown or it isn't.
Wrote about process of his novel's adaptation into Cloud Atlas
(2012), in which he also makes a cameo appearance, in Sept. 30, 2012 issue of NY Times Magazine.