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Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan First Series

by Lafcadio Hearn

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How did it take me so long to get around to Hearn? I know what he's doing--being the Japan hand--but he is a particularly sprightly version, finding magic everywhere and twisting it into little pieces of art. I've done it meself, a little, when I was trying on the clothes of a writer--but in an era when we're faced with the choice between Davos man (looking a little green around the gills in 2017 too though) and digging deep into our own traditions, in rightist-nativist or leftist-essentialist but in any case ways that bespeak a narrowing of horizons certainly and only perhaps a deepening too, in this context a little exotica and xenophilia, especially when it comes along with the sincere love of Japan and its trivia and textures that I know so well--makes me eager indeed to credit Hearn as an OG (in Japan that means "old girl" and is the term for a retired office lady!). ( )
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Ever since reading a quotation in a, oddly enough, Fortran WhatV programming book, I was intrigued with Lafcadio Hearn. I have not read the entire book (Glimpses) but pick it from time to time when the spirit moves me. Hearn was a writer and educator who traveled to Japan in the erly 1900s. In my mind this makes him a spirited adventurer of his time to do such a thing. I find his observations refreshing because they caome from someone with little foreknowledge of Japan prior to visiting.
  nhoule | Aug 11, 2007 |
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