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Classical Chinese Poetry: An Anthology

For some reason, reading this piece threw up so many different, powerful feelings. Though not highly complex or even elegant, this poem in particular rang many bells across the scope of my musical and literary memory.

July 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Records of the Grand Historian: Part 2

I am not either a person of the Confucian age (or even of a contemporary Confucian society) in possession of a set of testicles, or currently in a position of knowing if my work will be given a grand enough title to last longer than my own living memory.

June 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Records of the Grand Historian: Part 1

At this point am I just desperately trying to make sure y’all know I’ve read The Iliad?

June 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Analects

As a person raised in a predominantly White, rural area in the Southern Hemisphere, notions of trustworthiness were taught via the parable of Moses and the Ten Commandments: thou shalt not steal, adult(er), kill, covet asses, etc.. But not as succinct as the Analects puts it – be trustworthy.

March 7, 2018 · 1 Comment

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Basicall, half of the epic is Gilgamesh missing his mate Enkidu and going on long adventures to prove his devotion to the bromance (*cough* romance *cough*). To prove his eternal love to Enky he goes looking for the secret to eternal life. No, that’s not a cliche. Because this epic literally did it first.

September 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Five Plays

Dark, whimsical, satirical, slow-burn comedies.

August 22, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Satanic Verses

Year of publication: 1988 Found: Via the BBC documentary The Fatwa – Salman Rushdie Story Read time: 546, a fortnight Comments: I don’t believe I would ever have read this … Continue reading

August 3, 2016 · 2 Comments

In the Heart of the Seas

A man on a handkerchief gets to Israel and Ellan ends up beaten by the author.

November 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

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