103: Jonathan Lethem (THE FERAL DETECTIVE) & Sei Shōnagon’s THE PILLOW BOOK
Jonathan Lethem drops into the Damn Library and the guys are damn excited to have him. They talk about Lethem’s new one, The Feral Detective, of course, but they also talk about his work as a whole, and how his books are in conversation with each other, along with a tangent into timeliness and how lucky he feels. Then they get into Sei Shōnagon’s Pillow Book, a classic unclassifiable Japanese work, began in the year 990. Translation conversation, and what a “pillow book” is, ensues. One for the ages!
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music: Disaster Magic
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