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please let this be a trend

Anne over at the Vertical Publishing blog launches a fantastic new feature:

as some of you have already heard, i am launching the Finger in the Throat Book Report (hereon referred to as FITT) today. as the name implies, i will digest nauseatingly bad books and throw them back up for your amusement, in bi-weekly fashion. i have a huge selection of bad books in general, but i’ve decided that in keeping with the Vertical m.o. i’d stick to bad books about Japan and Asia at large. most of them have been written by white men, and i can safely say there is no dirth of supply or demand. according to one scholarly work, James Clavell’s Shogun has been arguably the most important inspiration for our current generation of westerners (i.e. white men) to study Japan.

now, don’t get me started on the bad books about East Asia written by japanese, asian or french (doube-finger in the throat) writers. they are aplenty, i know. but my reason for focusing on white men, and mostly American at that, is simple: sex. the one common thread in all these bad books is the unparalleled fascination with Asian sexuality, and in more than a few books, this fascinating sexuality is compared to the fault of Western sexuality.

The first book considered is DAISHI-SAN by Robert Lund (1961). I assure you this review is not to be missed. Click the link above or you will go forward through the remainder of your days not even knowing what suddenly seemed to be missing inside you that one Sunday in June. (And Mr. Barzak, you will certainly not want to miss. You are homesick, we are homesick for you.)

(Thanks to Scott.)


  • At 12:16 PM , Blogger Christopher Barzak said...

    I will probably be home at the end of next March. I don't think I could go without seeing everyone longer than that. :-(

  • At 2:28 PM , Blogger Justine Larbalestier said...

    Anne's very cool, funny and sharp. And you can totally tell from her blog. I think it's fabulous and doesn't get nearly the trafiic it deserves.

    Chris: that photo of you is SO disturbing--I feel like you're giving me the evil eye!

  • At 3:27 PM , Blogger Christopher Barzak said...

    But look at that jaw line! It's like a scythe! Do you know when the last time my jaw line looked like that? Huh?

  • At 7:08 PM , Blogger gwenda said...

    It is a jawline before which pretenders to the karaokelympics shudder. Yay on your coming home next March -- we do miss you terribly.

    J--I admit this was my first visit to the Vertical blog and it is indeed fab. Definitely deserving of more traffic.

    And now I must go look at girly magazines and wash from my mind The Worst Science Fiction Panel Experience Ever*, which took place this afternoon at a bookstore whose reputation I will not besmirch by typing.

    *Or at least this weekend.

  • At 7:09 PM , Blogger gwenda said...

    (p.s. Realize now that girly magazines might be misinterpreted by some with smutty minds. I refer to the damaging sort of magazines that feature blippy sort of articles amid a plethora of ads and shots of models in outfits No One In Their Right Mind would ever wear.


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