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Fri, Dec. 4th, 2009 01:33 am
Saison Culture

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imomus
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imomus
Fri, Dec. 4th, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
Re: japan. you know, samurais and geishas...

I know exactly what you mean about the mirror thing. This is something I wrote in The Book of Scotlands:

"The thing these desperate exiles fear most is to have their paradise broken into by one of their own kind, or — heaven forbid! — a multitude of their own kind. Each wishes to be unique, "the only foreigner in Scotland", and to receive — alone! — the generous attentions of the Scots, their tender curiosity, and even their violence and rapacity. For it is at heart a kind of masochism to hate your own kind, and to value only the love you are given by the strangers who surround you.

It is said that some of these jealous foreigners cannot even stand the sight of a mirror. If you are pursued by one, be sure to find a full-length mirror which can be swung between yourself and your pursuer; a wardrobe or bathroom door will do, or the mirrored screens of a fancy tavern. The foreigner will stop, raise his hands in horror against his own reflection, and fall hissing to the cobbles, foaming at the mouth.

For the exile's own image will shatter the perceived perfection of his adopted land, a perfection that depends, above all, on his own absence from it."


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Dec. 4th, 2009 06:58 am (UTC)
Re: japan. you know, samurais and geishas...

i've just realized you're a reverse leonard cohen; he started as a poet/author, then on to folkie legend; you began as folkie legend, then on to poet/author.


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