August 30, 2011

A few little things...

....That I don't have the time and energy to make whole posts about...

Art madness. Via my daughter, here's an art student who created an illuminated copy of Tolkien's Silmarillion. A huge amount of work, but he's won undying fame. Or at least notoriety. It looks great, maybe someone will print a facsimile...

Good reads! Charlene and I are enjoying I. J. Parker's series of mystery novels set in Heian Japan, about 1,000 years ago. It's the period of the famous novel Tale of Genji. We've spent twenty years or more wishing that there were more of van Gulik's splendid Chinese Judge Dee mysteries for us to read. Parker is almost at that level.

And if you've never read van Gulik, well, you have a treat you could indulge in. My favorites are perhaps The Chinese Bell Murders, and Poets and Murder.

Game recommendation. From ME? Absurd. I go for years without playing a computer game. But, I love the iPhone game Contra Jour. Playing it is sort of like falling into an odd spooky dream world. Silly, but charming. Contra jour, (literally "against the light") is the French term in photography equivalent to "back lit."

Posted by John Weidner at August 30, 2011 8:59 PM
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