August 19th, 2014

100 demons qwerty

Bloody but unbowed

One of Those Weeks at work. (I shall be dead or retired before the end of August ceases to produce Those Weeks.) Am rereading Shibata Ami's Channel 5-- manly space adventure with an admiring afterword by Leiji Matsumoto-- in pure mid-90s nostalgia wallow. Also to remind myself how well Shibata does manly love, hitting all the resonant notes of deep attachment and manly tears. I suspect that sentimentality is as congenial to the Japanese psyche as cute is, and that both are acceptable in a way they aren't here.

In pursuit of a plot bunny, found myself cornering one of the parents and grilling her on classical Persian poetry. Thus the perks of my job; thus also the madness of August.