Primarily known as an illustrator of children’s books, Hatsuyama was also a successful sōsaku-hanga artist. During the mid-thirties, as Japanese society became more and more militarized, he stopped making illustrations because he objected to creating propaganda pictures for children, and he devoted his energy to prints instead. Only after the war did Hatsuyama return to illustrating and book design.
“The best [books] are in the hands of my friends and never come back.”
-Simone de Beauvoir (via theparisreview)
I never liked the idea of a gravestone - I’ve just never liked the idea of having a space marked off for me after I died. It just seems a bit, funny.. you know, for the people left behind. To think, that somewhere I’m supposedly “sleeping” there - some sort of imperative to visit, make sure I’m/the space is/ doing okay, i.e. the area hasn’t been flooded, some conglomerate hasn’t bought it out, etc. Perhaps an unnecessary burden, and there is something undeniably lonely about gravestones.
But I like this idea of maybe donating all my books to my friends after I die -it seems like the better version of being cremated. Is that creepy? I kind of think it’s lovely, less lonely, less marked out, a quiet reminder that probably doesn’t ache quite as much for them. I want, ultimately, a remembrance, if any, to be unencumbered by guilt.
I mean having your ashes spread out on some pretty spot is meaningful, but who knows where those parts of you go. But to be spread out amongst my friends’ bookshelves, to have the spine graced by their friendly fingers from time to time, in the company of their favourite books, maybe the beginning of an interesting conversation:
"What is this?"
"It used to be a friend’s-mother’s-wife’s- daughter’s-student’s-teacher’s-neighbor’s"
"Is it a good book?"
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s twenty-two essential books. (via Open Culture)
- Sister Carrie, by Theodore Dreiser
- The Life of Jesus, by Ernest Renan
- A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen
- Winesburg, Ohio, by Sherwood Anderson
- The Old Wives’ Tale, by Arnold Bennett
- The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiel Hammett
- The Red and the Black, by Stendahl
- The Short Stories of Guy De Maupassant, translated by Michael Monahan
- An Outline of Abnormal Psychology, edited by Gardner Murphy
- The Stories of Anton Chekhov, edited by Robert N. Linscott
- The Best American Humorous Short Stories, edited by Alexander Jessup
- Victory, by Joseph Conrad
- The Revolt of the Angels, by Anatole France
- The Plays of Oscar Wilde
- Sanctuary, by William Faulkner
- Within a Budding Grove, by Marcel Proust
- The Guermantes Way, by Marcel Proust
- Swann’s Way, by Marcel Proust
- South Wind, by Norman Douglas
- The Garden Party, by Katherine Mansfield
- War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
- John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley: Complete Poetical Works
All that Ghibli Jazz. !
I have actually no idea what the lyrics mean - but I still like it!
Big Baby Driver - Your Sun is Stupid