Jean Baudrillard

November 14, 2018

Reading Baudrillard is incredibly depressing! Been reading his work lately, mostly SimulationsHis work is difficult for me to get through and it is even more difficult for me to write about.  What I can say is that Baudrillard’s overall point is that reality or rather truth has ceased to exist. Everything has become a simulation of what was once the human race’s reality.

Read this quote…

“The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth it is the truth which conceals that there is none.”

The simulacrum hasn’t replaced reality, it is simply all that we are left with. In his book he goes through an assortment of examples, and I am not sure if I agree completely BUT there is certainly something in his words that leave me feeling uneasy.

Just google him and check out some of his ideas.  Good exercise for the brain.

Reading Rainbow

Reading Rainbow….That is what I have been riding on since I got to Japan. I have a nasty habit of just forgetting about books I have read, due to never discussing them with anyone. I figure why not write about some of them.

Today will be Pound’s ABC of Reading.

Don’t know about Pound click here for a quick run down.

When I was in university I had a thing for enlightening writers who didn’t give a care about what other people think.  They kinda of reminded me of hip hop artists. The masses (including creators and non-creators) stay criticizing these two groups of people, while at the same time consuming their work and celebrating them.  I personally cannot understand how someone who has never written a book, created a song, painted a portrait can have such harsh criticism as that a book is trash, a song is garbage or that a painting is horrible.  If you ever sat down and tried to do any of those things you’d acquire a new found respect for those that do, even if those artists were not considered the top dog in their respected industry.  I just think if you didn’t like that book then it just wasn’t for you…It may not be as terrible as you think…I mean how good are you at creating the thing you are criticizing?

This is why I really enjoy reading Pound’s ABC of Reading. Pound gives a breakdown the strategies of studying literature. And also kinda says if you don’t create anything at a high level sit your ass down and keep out of grown artists’ business.

The book is written simply enough but there are a ton of terminology that still give me trouble to this day.  One of my favourite parts is in the first half, when Pound is explaining the three ways to write great literature:

  1. phanopoeia – throwing the object (fixed or moving) on to the visual imagination.
  2. melopoeia – inducing emotional correlations by sound and rhythm of the speech.
  3. logopoeia – inducing 1 & 2 by stimulating associations with other word/word group

I still find myself trying to look for examples of phonopoeia.

I mean I wouldn’t suggest reading this unless you want a reason to flick your nose high and look down at people haha. Or if you just don’t have an interest in studying literature.

Japanese Studying Japanese

March 23, 2017

Dear Virtual Diary,

Thought that I should take some time and talk about my latest findings with my work in studying Japanese.

In regards to speaking…

I have certainly improved over the last seven months and no matter how much I beat myself up about having to know more I know it will just take time and effort to learn more. I think the most difficult task right now is building the muscle memory in my mouth. Often times, when speaking Japanese, I stop or stutter suddenly because my brain has to process what type of pronunciation my mouth must do. Simple way of overcoming this challenge is more practice in speaking Japanese and practicing pronounciation.

In regards to listening…

This is probably the one area that I have improved and made the most headway. It helps that when I leave my house, Japanese is all I hear. Lately, when I hear Japanese I can piece together the topic of discussion. The lack of vocabulary is probably my biggest weakness but I know enough to catch certain phrases here and there and piece them and conjecture some kind of judgement on what is being said.

In regards to writing…

Hiragana and Katakana are all easy to write with no trouble. I plan on attacking Kanji very soon. We will see how that goes. I have been also meaning to pick up a book for practicing Japanese writing. This will help ensure that my current writing skills does not decay.

In regards to reading…

Reading hiragana and katakana are easy enough but the Kanji remains to be the most difficult challenge in the language. My constant reading of Japanese is no doubt helping. I think writing the Kanji out will also help with reading as well. I heard a Japanese teach once say, in regards to studying Kanji, that it was better to learn Kanji by learning vocabulary rather than solely focusing on each Kanji’s On yomi Kun yomi. When reading Shinya Tokkyu I write out any Kanji I do not understand, which is probably 90% of them and this helps with my memorization of Kanji. Many of the Kanjis I write down are often seen multiple times.

Reading Material Lately:

I have been reading a lot about Donald Keene. He is an American author who is mostly know for translating many of Matsuo Basho’s poetry into English. Matsuo Basho is probably the Shakespeare of Japan only instead of plays it’s  Haiku poetry. Keene basically devoted his life to Japanese studies, whether it be the language, literature or history. He has been an inspiration for me as of late as if I can even accomplish a fraction of what he has, before I leave this earth, then I shall leave in peace.