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Films: 砂の女 (The Woman in the Dunes)

(Note: I’m spending some time during the inter-semester break catching up on unseen films and unread books & articles, and will be using this space to get some thoughts about them down on paper .) 957 more words

Japan

unbecoming humility

“—This unbecoming humility again. There’s no need for you to think of writers as something special. If you write, you’re a writer, aren’t you?”

— Kobo Abe, The Woman in the Dunes

Literature

self-conscious about expressing

“Country people tended to be self-conscious about expressing their feelings in words. And in this sense they were more honest.”

— Kobo Abe, The Woman in the Dunes

Literature

You make your mind up

“Between us it’s like buying at a department store, isn’t it? If you don’t like it, you can take it back any time. You make your mind up, looking at something wrapped up in plastic—you can look without breaking the seal. 35 more words

Literature

the strength of self-denial

“In the midst of all this, the lecturer was speaking: “The only way to go beyond work is through work. It is not that work itself is valuable; we surmount work by work. 18 more words

Literature

repetition in life

“One could not do without repetition in life, like the beating of the heart, but it was also true that the beating of the heart was not all there was to life.” 7 more words

Literature

a hundred per cent abnormal

“Acrophobes, heroin addicts, hysterics, homicidal maniacs, syphilitics, morons—suppose there were one per cent of each of these, the total would be twenty per cent. If you could enumerate eighty more abnormalities at this rate—and of course you could—there would be statistical proof that humanity is a hundred per cent abnormal.” 7 more words

Literature