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Tue, Dec. 19th, 2006 12:56 pm
Tokyo-as-highly-viral-third-culture-style-lab

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imomus
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imomus
Wed, Dec. 20th, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
Re: More from the Fusty One (RLP)

Well, I will apologize if you like, Richard. I'm growing up in public here; I listened to a BBC radio programme you were on and have to say I admire your bravery in visiting the various war-zones you've been to, and written about. Also, I liked the "culturalist" way you were describing the impression, for instance, the Borneo jungles left on you. Your take was highly "textural", in fact.

My worldview is basically an aesthete's, and to that extent I'm probably closer, culturally, to your partner, who did write about Design Week. I'm glad one of you is covering this stuff, anyway, because, in a society at peace rather than one in the throes of a civil war, it's important and, I think, central.


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Wed, Dec. 20th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
Re: More from the Fusty One (RLP)

And, having read Smilingly Excluded again, I will say I think it's a terrific piece of writing. The binary I remembered between Tokyo's intellectual provincialism and Richie's sexual exploits is really only hinted at in the final sentence:

"In 150 years, foreigners in Japan have produced important works of history, political science, anthropology and journalism, but no lasting work of literature. Perhaps Donald Richie shows us why."


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