Wednesday, November 24, 2021

November reading

From the New York Times (December 5, 2021, online version November 23), a long and thoughtful article on the great Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, the subject of a current retrospective at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.
There is a curious mix of fatalism and hope in Miyazaki’s work. The forest spirit in Princess Mononoke is murdered, despite the hero and heroine’s hardest efforts; yet the forest lives on. “For me, the deep forest is connected in some way to the darkness deep in my heart,” Miyazaki said in a 1988 interview. “I feel that if it is erased, then the darkness inside my heart would also disappear, and my existence would grow shallow.”
"Hayao Miyazaki Prepares to Cast One Last Spell"

And from the Baker Creek Seed Company, a garden catalog like no other, featuring, in addition to seeds, an eight-page spread on former Vice President (and agriculturalist) Henry A. Wallace and an article on the connections between Ethiopia, Benito Mussolini, and the eggplant relative known as melanzana rossa di rotonda.

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