This week, we’re taking a deep dive into a distinctly Japanese literary genre (zuihitsu, or ‘wandering brush’) by looking at two of its most famous exemplars: the Hojoki, or Record of a Hut, and Tsurezuregusa, or Essays in Idleness. What lasts forever in this world? How should we strive to live? What should we do when confronted with gamblers on a losing streak? All this and more, coming up!
McKinney, Meredith, trans. Essays in Idleness and Hojoki. Penguin Classics Edition.
Bond, Nathaniel Peter. “Lessons in Immorality: Mishima’s Masterpiece of Humor and Social Satire.” MA Thesis, Portland State University, 2013.
DiNitto, Rachel. “Return of the ‘Zuihitsu’: Print Culture, Modern Life, and Heterogeneous Narrative in Prewar Japan.” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 64, No 2 (December, 2004).
Here’s a link to the article I referenced at the beginning of the episode.