Tag: Reading

How to Respond to Worried Parents

A couple of fun articles on the Guardian about how scary books and movies for children should be. Maurice Sendak tells parents worried by Wild Things to ‘go to hell’ Do you know what today’s kids need? Thumb amputation, that’s

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Who Would Have Thought Collecting Severed Heads Would Be So Difficult?

From Warriors of Medieval Japan by Stephen Turnbull Head collecting is a tradition found throughout samurai history… When a battle was won, the taking, recording and presentation of these ghastly trophies was as systematic and as thorough as the battlefield

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Hidden Statues

From Lost Japan by Alex Kerr.    Japan is fascinated by secrets.  They are the defining feature of the way traditional arts are taught and preserved.  They cause problems for governments and business, since different departments of the same organization

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