Category: Old

Mentor mythologies

Recently had dinner with a few American expat colleagues and the conversation turned to former professors and the mythology (or just gossip) that attends them. I didn’t comment on my own teachers because it was too much fun listening to their stories, but it reminded me of a few of my own– Dr Donougho, my…

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Adam Shatz on Orientalism in NYRB

“Since the book’s first publication in 1978, “Orientalism” has become one of those words that shuts down conversation on liberal campuses, where no one wants to be accused of being “Orientalist” any more than they want to be called racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic. That “Orientalist” is now a commonly applied epithet is a tribute…

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Kokoro 《心》

“She claimed that since Sensei disliked the world so much, it was inevitable that she should become a part of the object of Sensei’s dislike. But she could not convince herself that this was the correct explanation. The poor lady could not avoid thinking that perhaps the very opposite of this was true: namely, that…

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Fengdu Ghost City

cyberianpunks: Unfinished hotel, near Fengdu Ghost City, China Fengdu isn’t called a ghost city because it’s an abandoned place, but because its complex of shrines, temples and monasteries are all dedicated to the afterlife in Chinese mythology and Buddhism. Fengdu Ghost City Wiki

Classification of Supreme Numinous Treasure Mushrooms (太上靈寶芝草品, Taishang lingbao zhicao pin)

via radianthour: Just like the Vedic Soma and the Greek Ambrosia, the Chinese also had a magical, life-prolonging substance which they called Zhi (芝). [22] The Records of the Grand Historian (史記, Shiji, c. 90 BCE) mentions that the emperors Qin Shihuangdi (秦始皇帝, 260–210 BCE) and Han Wudi (漢武帝, 156–87 BCE) sent thousands of men…

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Journey to the West, Vol 1 (pdf)

Journey to the West is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. It was written in the 16th century during the Ming Dynasty and attributed to Wu Cheng’en. The novel is a fictionalized account of the legendary pilgrimage to India of the Buddhist monk Xuanzang, and loosely based its source from the…

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Selected Stories, Lu Hsun (1918-1926)

Contents [Note from dust jacket] Preface to “Call to Arms” [1922] A Madman’s Diary Kung I-chi Medicine Tomorrow An Incident Storm in a Teacup My Old Home The True Story of Ah Q Village Opera The New Year’s Sacrifice In the Wine Shop A Happy Family Soap The Misanthrope Regret for the Past The Divorce The Flight to the Moon Forging the Sword Selected Stories, Lu Hsun (1918-1926)