Sunday, April 20, 2008

No longer listed

The list of books is discontinued because of its futility. There is no reason that I shouldn't list library books. And with that the list would become too cumbersome.

Now I am going back to occasional bits of thoughts, etc. Aux armes, etc. Tu restras hyène, etc.

This from Leiris:

...parce que rares sont les livres qui parviennent à fixer longtemps mon attention: j'en prends un, qui répond à mes préoccupations du moment, et j'en lis un certain nombre de pages... Partie paresse, partie instabilité, c'est ainsi que j'en viens à laisser s'accumuler les lectures inachevées... (Biffures)

Friday, April 11, 2008

A bunch

A box of mixed crops arrived, and then some.

354. Stephen Greenblatt, Learning to Curse (Routledge)
355. Bertrand Russel, Sceptical Essays (Routledge)
356. Bertrand Russel, In Praise of Idleness (Routledge)
357. Thomas Sotinel, Pedro Almodóvar (Cahier du Cinéma)
358. Tom Zaniello, The Cinema of Globalization (ILR Press)
359. Christopher Bracken, Magical Criticism (Chicago)
360. Nick Browne ed., The Godfather Trilogy (Cambridge Film Handbooks)
361. Ato Quayson, Aesthetic Nervousness (Columbia)
362. Lorraine Daston ed., Things that Talk (Zone Books)
363. James Chapman, Cinemas of the World (Reaktion Books)
364. Yvonne Tasker ed., Fifty Contemporary Filmmakers (Routledge)
365. Jacques Rancière, The Future of the Image (Verso)
366. Christian Metz, Film Language (Chicago)
367. Isabelle Vanderschelden, Amélie (Illinois)
368. Kyoko Okazaki, River's Edge (Casterman)
369. Godard et Ishaghpour, Archéologie du cinéma (Farrago)
370. Mike Davis, In Praise of Barbarians (Haymarket Books)
371. Konrad Lorenz, Man Meets Dog (Routledge)
372. Burgett & Hendler eds., Keywords for American Cultural Studies (NYU)
373. James Welch, Fools Crow (Penguin)
374. Salman Rushdie, The Enchantress of Florence (Jonathan Cape)
375. Jean-Joseph Julaud, L'Histoire de France pour les nuls (First Editions)
376. Shaffer & Wong eds., Conversations with Kazuo Ishiguro (Mississippi)
377. Mary Litch, Philosophy Through Film (Routledge)
378. Sharon Cameron, Impersonality (Chicago)
379. William Calin, The Twentieth-Century Humanist Critics (Toronto)
380. 西村頼男『草が生い茂り、川が流れる限り』(開文社出版)
381. 清水孝純『ルネサンスの文学』(講談社学術文庫)
382. 桜井満『花の民俗学』(講談社学術文庫)
383. メルヴィン・ブラッグ『英語の冒険』(三川基好訳、講談社学術文庫)
384. 松岡正剛『フラジャイル』(ちくま学芸文庫)
385. 五十嵐太郎『現代建築に関する16章』(講談社現代新書)
386. ジョン・マーハ『チョムスキー入門』(明石書店)

380 may be the fisrt full-length study in Japanese of American Indian literature by a realiable Americanist. 384 is my second copy; I will use this book as a reading assignment for one of the graduate seminars. 386 I bought on impulse because of the association from a conversation I had with a person from an institute that invited Chomsky to Japan around 1970.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

It's a raining-in-the-head day

Starting my seminar at 13:00, finishing at 18:00, then went to Digital Hollywood, all under the cold spring rain. But it was fun. Found a short time dropping in at the Librairie française at Shinjuku.

352. Jean-François Sabouret, La dynamique du Japon (CNRS)
353. Paul Veyne, Foucault (Albin Michel)

How soothing.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

New Semester

Tomorrow begins our new semester. We gave a guidance session yesterday and its addendum cum reunion today. All set for a new adventure!

344. 村山匡一郎編『映画史を学ぶクリティカル・ワーズ』(フィルムアート社)
345. ナタリー・ゼーモン・デイヴィス『歴史叙述としての映画』(中條訳、岩波書店)
346. エルンスト・ブロッホ『ルネサンスの哲学』(古川+原訳、白水社)
347. ナドー+バーロウ『フランス語のはなし』(中尾ゆかり訳、大修館書店)
348. ***『日本列島驚異の自然現象』(昭文社)
349. 柳沼重剛『地中海世界を彩った人たち』(岩波現代文庫)
350. 赤瀬川原平『芸術原論』(岩波現代文庫)
351. ***『アキバが地球を飲み込む日』(角川SSC新書)

346 is a book I've been reading for some time (with a library copy) and finally decided to purchase one. This year my graduate seminar will be on documentary films. No clues on this subject. A lightless walk in the cave continues.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Is this free? Wow.

341. *** The Best Books Ever Written (Penguin Classics)
342. Rufus Butler Seder, Gallop! (Workman)
343. カペラーヌス『現代ラテン語会話』(有川ほか訳、大学書林)

Dropped in at Kinokuniya and picked up a free copy of 341. It makes a lovely reading and I want more of this kind in every imaginable field... this kind of gift (from language itself to readers?) only saves the book and its culture!

343 is pretty funny and I can pick up a lot of locutions, etc.

We are holding an orientation session tomorrow.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

C'est la vitesse qui domine...

Geez, nothing going. Nothing whatsoever is going as was planned. And it's getting quite warm, too.

332. 青柳いづみこ『ドビュッシー』(中公文庫)
333. 谷口ジロー『冬の動物園』(小学館)
334. Ramuz, La Grande peur dans la montagne (Poche)
335. Ramuz, La Beauté sur la terre (Poche)
336. Ramuz, Si le soleil ne revenait pas (Poche)
337. Hagerman, Maria Eladia, Babel: A Film by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu (Photo Books)
338. 鈴木カツ『こだわりアメリカン・ルーツ・ミュージック事典』(NHK出版生活人新書)
339. 増田義郎『図説・海賊』(河出書房新社)
340. 東京外国語大学アジア・アフリカ言語文化研究所『図説・アジア文字入門』(河出書房新社)

It's time to seriously catch up with my own LIFE.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

And the answer is...

325. 北道邦彦『アイヌ語地名で旅する北海道』(朝日新書)
326. 手塚治虫『手塚治虫傑作選<家族>』(祥伝社新書)
327. 吉田秀和『ソロモンの歌/一本の木』(講談社文芸文庫)
328. 山下聖美『賢治文学<呪い>の構造』(三修社)
329. エマニュエル・トッド+ユセフ・クルバージュ『文明の接近』(藤原書店)
330. 吉川恵美子『接続法を使って話そうスペイン語』(NHK出版)
331. 生田・村上・結城編『<場所>の詩学』(藤原書店)

Oh how the wind blows. It blows down bicycles near the station. It makes dogs happy. And it blows away the sakura petals.

331 is a collection of essays from our symposium last summer in Kanazawa, with Ko Un and Gary Snyder as special guests. My intervention (as the French calls it) is also included in the publication.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008


321. 宮澤淳一『マクルーハンの光景』(みすず書房)
322. 本田勝一『俺が子どもだったころ』(朝日新聞社)
323. 鈴木孝夫+田中克彦『言語学が輝いていた時代』(岩波書店)
324. 海津ゆりえ『日本エコツアー・ガイドブック』(岩波書店)

Our new academic year began today and our brand new graduate program is now taking off. Let's make it a really exciting collective enterprise! In a decade we'll see. See what? See WHAT.