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About meI am a young manthing hailing from the western land of smog, consumerism, and disillusionment. I am a something of a nihilist philanthropist- although I suppose I'm only a philanthropist in my mind. I am characterized by a steady swaying between nihilism and hope, destruction and creation, love and loathing. I play synthesizers and feel that through making the most synthetic of music I am in a sense creating the most organic of art. That is, art as the product of human endeavor and passion.

I now only seek a path out of this land, into a place of orange sun and indigo skies, a place for me to rear young and graze beneath the sunset!

About my libraryAs is apparent upon glancing at my library, I have something of an obsession with Yukio Mishima, and, less specifically, a fascination with nihilism and existentialism. I embrace eastern culture and ideals, having something of a fetish for them. My disillusionment with my own culture has lead me to seek knowledge of others and the literature I have read has given me a deep desire to expatriate.

I enjoy science fiction, primarily of the dystopian and existential ilk. I am also interested in literature on psychotropic drug use, shamanism, and alternative lifestyle.

GroupsAsian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Japanese Culture, Japanese Literature

Favorite authorsYukio Mishima (Shared favorites)

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sorry this response is so late! check out david tod roy's new translation of the volumes in the plum in the golden vase (chin p'ing mei). transcedant. absolutely flabbergasting in its perfection and intrigue. other than rabelais, my favorite classic of all time, across all borders.

i also love shen fu's six records of a floating life; it makes me cry a little inside it's so touching. master tung's western chamber romance and its original source, the story of ying ying (i prefer the former; the language, at least in translation, is so beautiful). the romance of the three kingdoms. tu fu's poetry, especially about his wife while far from home. the washing away of wrongs, an ancient chinese forensic handbook--kind of like a television csi guidebook a zillion years ago!

also canonical, but not personal favorites close to my heart like the above: the dream of the red chamber. peony pavilion. monkey, perhaps china's most beloved folk tale. the moral sexual tales like "the pearl shirt reencountered," "the courtesan li wa," "hu wu-niang sells her charms at the new bridge market." the delightfully ribald and feminist "the female chen ping saves her life with seven ruses" (you can find it in silent operas.) li yu's the carnal prayer mat. many of the classic stories can be found in traditional chinese stories: themes and variations, and while entertaining, can be mined for political and sexual undercurrents. there's also a lot of judge bao stories, which are like old time sherlock holmes thrillers. pretty fun, and can raise neat cultural/historical-based epistemological inquiries...

and to get some perspective on the meaning and context of these stories, reading matthew sommer's sex, law, and society in late imperial china as well as stuff by m.j. meijer, randall peerenboom, derek bodde and clarence morris, t'ung-tsu chu's law and society in late imperial china, and george hayden's crime and punishment in medieval chinese drama is a great help.

i have yet to read the scholar or outlaws of the marsh yet, but they are pretty famous too.
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