Category: News from the Random

Random stuff that seemed important at the time.

Poetry

Sometimes, few things can focus my mind and plant my two feet firmly on the Earth. One of the things that always brings me back home when my mind wanders away is poetry. In my mind, you can’t truly love a language without understanding and loving its poetry. Poetry is about painting pictures with words, and using imagery to invoke emotion and thought. Poetry is incredibly powerful and moving to those who have an appreciation for the elegant simplicity of language itself.

Far too many English majors major in the subject because they don’t know what else to major in. I’ve noted many English majors that I go to school with have no concept or understanding of poetry, and yet they somehow expect to be able to teach it to students in a classroom after graduation. I find that to be incredibly sad and I wish those people would pick a new major, or at least not brag about how they are English majors as though it were some badge of honor.… [Read More]

September 11th.

Four years ago today.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how the world has changed, how I’ve changed since that day. The more I think about it, the more I see that so little has changed for me that it’s difficult to see any changes in the world, but I know they are there, I just have to dig deep and find them.

I don’t want to relive the events of that day again.

You can find last year’s post on 9/11 here.

Also, I wrote this on the one year anniversary of September 11th.

I don’t think we need any more backtracking than that.

As for today, here’s what I see: My children are growing older every single day. I don’t want them to, but there’s nothing I can do about that. I am growing wiser every single day. I’m remembering the lessons of my childhood and the things that my grandmother taught me, and the things that my parents taught me, and they all make sense now.… [Read More]

Summer Reading

I haven’t been updating the list as regularly as I would have liked. It took me all summer to get through “Jingo”, it wasn’t really very good. Not my favorite Pratchett book.

I’m currently reading “Vampire Hunter D” by Hideyuki Kikuchi. This is not a manga/comic book, it’s a novel. This is the novel that inspired the classic anime horror flick. It has been translated into English for the first time, and it looks like there are plans to translate the entire series into English, which would be really cool.

I’ve long wanted to read a book translated from Japanese. The Japanese language seems to be steeped in this wonderful deep sense of.. I’m not sure what to call it or how to describe it. It’s a very poetic language, very beautiful. I wondered how well a novel written in Japanese originally, would translate into English. So far, VHD does not disappoint.… [Read More]