FF: One Thing Leads To Another

Roary, Now Eleven Month Old

Last week, I finished Yoshitoshi’s One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, and found myself thinking about how I’d like to read some of his source materials, many of which serve as Japanese cultural underpinnings.  So I am doing so…  I come by my scholar nerd impulses honestly!

For those of you unfamiliar with this column, the Friday Fragments lists what I’ve read over the past week.  Most of the time I don’t include details of either short fiction (unless part of a book-length collection) or magazines.  The Fragments are not meant to be a recommendation list.  If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive recommendation list, you can look on my website under Neat Stuff.

Once again, this is not a book review column.  It’s just a list with, maybe, a bit of description or a few opinions tossed in.  And it’s also a great place to tell me what you’re reading. 

Recently Completed:

Yoshitoshi’s One Hundred Aspects of the Moon by John Stevenson.  Years ago, Jim and I attended a show at the Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe that featured this series of Yoshitoshi’s later prints.  Very intellectually and creatively stimulating.

In Progress:

The Renaissance by Will Durant.  Audiobook.  Having spent a lot of time on the papal states, including looking at which popes may not have been as bad as often represented (including Alexander Borgia), we’ve moved to art and architecture.  Current focus: Raphael.

Kojiki translated and extensively annotated by Donald L. Philippi.  The title means “Record of Ancient Things” and the text was completed in 712.  A mixture of mythology, folklore, history, and legend­­—with a healthy dose of genealogy—this was created for political reasons, to explain the descent of the Yamato, but also from a desire to preserve older traditions.  I’m really happy to have the extensive footnotes and appendixes, all of which are well-written.

Someplace To Be Flying by Charles de Lint.  I’ve deliberately put off re-reading this until I could read fresh. 

Also:

Back issues of Smithsonian.  Now reading about dogs. 

4 Responses to “FF: One Thing Leads To Another”

  1. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Ooh! Kojiki sounds interesting. Sooo many books I want to read. I keep telling myself that I will have more time soon.🤞

    Roary looks great! You’d never know he had such a rough kittenhood😻

    • janelindskold Says:

      If you decided to try Kojiki, I’d really recommend an annotated edition like this one. Otherwise it’s too much. If you just want Japanese mythology and folktales, there are many good collections. I have a couple, including an annoying one that cutsefies names in the best Victorian fashion, so the culture hero Momotaro (Peach Boy) becomes “Little Peachling” which makes me want to howl!!!

      • King Ben's Grandma Says:

        Little Peachling?🙄🤦🏼‍♀️ No, no, no! That makes me think of the Disney releases of Ghibli movies. Yuck! I prefer subtitles, which aren’t perfect but at least more accurate.

      • janelindskold Says:

        Yes. I’m subtitle all the way. I’ve picked up a small handful of Japanese words and phrases over the years, and I enjoy telling Jim “hmm… They used ‘dono'” a very formal honorific or whatever. He is extraordinarily patient. One thing for sure. My TV time doesn’t qualify as “vegging out.”

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