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monty-heying's picture
Apr.04.2013
A charismatic teenage sociopath, Jack Merridew, gains leadership over a group of marooned boys from elite British prep schools by murder and exploiting fear. Many of the worst atrocities of mankind have been the consequence of a wealthy ruling elite seeking ever more power, or resisting them, as in...
eve-kushner's picture
Mar.29.2013
I recently mentioned that a Japanese man had supplied me with chicken-related information. He has since sent me a two-page essay that he wrote in Japanese and self-published for fun. In a moment, I'll share part of the essay with you, particularly the segment that changed me for the...
kim-packard's picture
Mar.28.2013
About fifteen years ago, I attended a free basic Hebrew class taught by an elderly Ashkenazi cantor at a conservative synagogue. The course objective was to teach adults how to recognize Hebrew letters and my personal goal was to learn to identify the letters and pick up some basic vocabulary in...
eve-kushner's picture
Mar.22.2013
I've had nothing but health problems over the past five weeks. First, an itchy rash on the legs—a bad reaction to food, I'm told. Then the flu and a cold, which left behind a raspy cough as a souvenir that I'm still enjoying. Eyestrain caused headaches and, strangely enough, created a blue line...
eve-kushner's picture
Mar.01.2013
  There's something about Old Japan that draws me in again and again. I don't know what it is. When I see old wooden buildings and the earthy ways in which people went about their lives, I feel a nostalgic ache that's almost unbearable. (I feel no such nostalgia for almost anything in my own...
eve-kushner's picture
Jan.18.2013
I thought I had unearthed something radical. As I worked on essay 1799 on 峰 (peak, mountaintop; ridge), I realized that this kanji had both a kun-yomi of ぶ and an on-yomi of ブ, both non-Joyo. Can one kanji really have a kun-yomi and on-yomi that match? In the words of George...
eve-kushner's picture
Nov.21.2012
One of my favorite Japanese words contains 面, a kanji that means "face": 面識 (めんしき: acquaintance)      face + recognition If you can recognize someone's face, then that person is your acquaintance! Very logical! The next compound has 面 at its heart, but the reason is...
eve-kushner's picture
Oct.12.2012
The moon returns night after night, and we never tire of the repetition. I'm hoping you'll feel the same way about three consecutive JOK Notebook entries about the moon! When two full moons appear within a calendar month, the second is a "blue moon." What, then, do you call it when October...
wally-wood's picture
Oct.12.2012
In May 1963 I had to shave off my beard. Greg, who was three years old, stood on the toilet seat cover to watch. “Don’t cry, daddy.” I don’t think I was, but he may have seen something. He comforted me: “It’ll grow back.” I shaved because I needed a job with a company that would hire someone...
j-marc-schmidt's picture
Oct.11.2012
Five foreign languages have I learned in my time, to varying levels of fluency. The first was German, at high school and later at a college in Germany. Then came Korean, because I was living there, working as an English teacher. Then came Japanese, which I learned for the same reason as Korean....