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posted by [personal profile] kchew at 09:08am on 31/05/2009
Yesterday, at the bazaar at my son's Japanese school, I found someone selling old magazines [ETA: in Japanese] and such (old to a value of published within the last year or two and in good condition). I picked up two children's magazines--one devoted to Miffy the Bunny (complete with Dick Bruna interviews at the back), and another a more literary magazine, with short stories and lovely illustrations. I also found two books on science at the grade three level, which I didn't realize were grade coded at the time (despite the big 3 on them; I was in a hurry), and a large board book by Gomi Taro, who is my favourite Japanese children's author right now for the 5 and under set.

The win for me, however, was finding a magazine entirely devoted to daytimers, called Minna no Techou. Yes: entirely devoted to daytimers. Not just brands or types, but containing discussions and examples of different list-keeping methods for use in your daytimer, at least 8 profiles of different people and the ways in which they use their daytimers, and so on. Some people use books designed for the purpose; some people repurpose other books or use blank books. There are PICTURES. Everything is lovingly detailed to the nth degree. The design, needless to say, is lovely.

This is stationery porn. Seriously. I love this issue. I can't even read most of it, but I love this issue. Somewhere in the house we have an issue of the same magazine (I think; I'll have to look) devoted to cucumbers (my husband bought it in New York, I think). When my husband wakes up, I'll get him to translate more of this issue for me and I'll share the good bits if I can.

It's so *cool*, people!
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posted by [identity profile] radargrrl.livejournal.com at 01:39pm on 31/05/2009
Miffy the Bunny rocks, not like that Japanese copycat.
posted by [identity profile] kchew.livejournal.com at 02:28pm on 31/05/2009
The funny thing is that the Japanese have completely embraced Miffy. The magazine I have is completely in Japanese, and even has Miffy merchandise for happy Japanese babies on the back. Now that I look more closely, really nicely designed baby merchandise. The door barrier is cloth on two counterpressured poles, so you don't have so screw anything in, and the cloth drops down for parents to step over it. You would store this so much more easily than the big all-plastic ones. Cooooool.
posted by [identity profile] kattale.livejournal.com at 01:51pm on 31/05/2009
Oh. I totally love that sort of thing. Daytimers are my happy place.
They delude me into thinking I'm blissfully organized.
My favourite one is Mom2Go, but I couldn't find it this year.
Edited Date: 2009-05-31 01:52 pm (UTC)
posted by [identity profile] kchew.livejournal.com at 02:29pm on 31/05/2009
It will take me 27 years, approximately, to translate this magazine but I love the pictures. Happy happy place. They don't have my nice red Moleskine daytimer in there, but that's all right. Not everyone has to. :)
posted by [identity profile] wrongradical.livejournal.com at 02:50pm on 31/05/2009
Talking about stationary porn (and going way off-topic)...

I just wasted a week of my life reading Terry Southern's Blue Movie. When I finished it on Thursday I let out such a sigh of relief. Why do I do this to myself? This is the first book that someone recommended to me that I hated. After the first twenty pages I thought, Do I have to read 227 more? I have been a lifelong sufferer of *having to read* all books once I start them.

I lie. There were two I had to put down because I could not get beyond page five: Richard Gwyn's The Northern Magus: Pierre Trudeau and Canadians and The Outlander by Germaine Guèvremont (I wonder if the French original wouldn't have been so bad).

Six of the last seven books I have read have been fiction. That's more fiction that I have ever read in a whole year...and we're only at the end of May. The reason I have been on a fiction kick is that I will need precious bookshelf space after I get back from my Romansch and Breton holiday. After my first year learning Romansch, I was a madman buying up Romansch books. Each subsequent year has been more restrained. I fear the madman will resurface when I go to Brittany. Where will I put everything?

There have been books sitting on my shelves for close to twenty years that have never been read. Why? I work in a library, and I see donated books all the time. At the end of the week, the loading dock in our underground parking is overflowing with boxes and boxes of people's donated books. They get rid of everything, not just books (they treat the library as if it were a dumping ground). If I see something I like, I take it. Since I prioritize my reading to focus on books that I have either bought or obtained through borrowing (from my own library system or interloan), books that I have taken from the donations are low on my list. Many of these books are works of fiction. I consider these books as "permanent library loans". I have them now and can read them whenever I want. When will that be? The 12th of Never, as long as I have other books in the house.

That wait has lasted close to twenty years for some of them. I can even remember where I took some of the books from...from the old Central Library, which closed its doors in 1991!

Six of my last reads were from this pile of donations. All classic fiction or works by famous authors. Since I had no real attachment to these books, and they weren't in the greatest condition when I took them, and more so because I never ever refer back to fiction books once I finish reading them, I donated them back to the library. So their donors' original intentions were finally met: two decades later in some cases. I thus freed up some shelf space and I will continue to do so until my summer holiday.

I have read: Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint, George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls (a far better book than made out to be, and the basis for the godawful movie as many of the campy lines and ditzy plot twists are lifted *word-for-word* from the novel), Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey (a rarity: I read science fiction!), J. D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey and Terry Southern's Blue Movie.

Next on my list is a junior novel library loan Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen. A book from my library's Children's Department about Scrabble! From Amazon.ca: "In this brilliantly observed novel, author Susin Nielsen transports the reader to the world of competitive Scrabble as seen from the honest yet funny viewpoint of a boy who’s searching for acceptance and for a place to call home.".
posted by [identity profile] radargrrl.livejournal.com at 04:51pm on 31/05/2009
Is the pr0n made out of paper or just plain not moving?
posted by [identity profile] kchew.livejournal.com at 07:23pm on 31/05/2009
Oh crap, I can't believe that I did that. Corrected!


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