Category Archives: Literature

Other Worlds Than This?

(My bookshelf. I have a whole section devoted to Roger Zelazny novels I collect) “Go then, there are other worlds than these.” – Stephen King’s, The Gunslinger Lately, I’ve been re-reading Roger Zelazny’s classic series, the Chronicles of Amber. It’s … Continue reading

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Breadth versus Depth

I like to keep myself busy, as readers probably noticed. :) But since Little Guy was born, I’ve been even more busy, so I’ve been trying to manage my time better. So, I started writing down all my little hobbies, … Continue reading

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Meiji-Era Dictionary: a look back 105 years ago

When I first married my wife in 2004, we visited Japan in 2005 to my wife’s home (実家, jikka) and I remember my father-in-law giving me a really old book. He knew that I liked history and such, so he … Continue reading

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Something I’ve been working on lately

“What were your names again?” said Dallas. “Private Kim, sir,” said the first man, standing stiff with a crisp salute. “And I’m Private Walid,” said the second doing the same. Dallas stopped, and turned around to appraise them for a … Continue reading

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A Life Well-Lived

Recently, I found this great quote from the famous 13th century Japanese-Buddhist text, Essays in Idleness, or tsurezure-gusa (徒然草) which I’ve written about before. It’s also the namesake of this blog of course. ;) Anyhow, the translation below is by … Continue reading

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A Look At “The Awakening Of Faith In The Mahayana”

Hello, Recently, after a visit to the doctor, I stopped by the local University of Washington (transferring buses) and stopped off at my favorite used-bookstore: Magus Books. I stop there about once every 1-2 years to look for rare and … Continue reading

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Greed

Recently I finished reading the famous pirate novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. I was able to read for free on my iPhone because it is a very old classic.1 I felt this quote explained greed very well: “And … Continue reading

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Denial

From Roger Zelazny’s science-fiction novel Lord of Light: The moral, therefore, of my sermon on this small mount is this—even a mirror will not show you yourself, if you do not wish to see. Ignorance and denial are very powerful, … Continue reading

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Quotations from Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Hi all, For Halloween, I’ve been reading the original novel Dracula by Irish author Bram Stoker. I found a few good quotations by the character Dr. Van Helsing that I wanted to share: “All men are mad in some way … Continue reading

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Xenophobia

Recently saw some depressing articles from the US, Greece, Japan, France and Russia. It’s interesting how every country has some kind of people like this. It reminds me of this quote from Frank Herbert’s science-fiction novel God Emperor of Dune: … Continue reading

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