This is an excerpt of “Thoughs on Rao’s Newsstand” By Motoyuki Shibata
Takuya Ishikawa’s book Rao’s Newsstand shares this inspiration. In fact, it would not be surprising if Auster had written “Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story” after being inspired by Ishikawa’s work. (Auster wrote “Auggie Wren” in 1990 so it’s not actually possible.) Not only do their inspirations have the same root, but Ishikawa’s photographs evoke the same respect, love and thoughtfulness with which Auggie Wren approaches his own world.