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· Naughties
· · 2004
· · · May
· · · · 12 (1 entry)

3 Views of Mount Fuji · What hap­pened was, tired in an air­port look­ing for lightweight read­ing, I grabbed The Last De­fend­er of Camelot, col­lect­ed late works of Roger Ze­lazny, who was at the cen­tre of the SciFi uni­verse a few decades back. It has a piece called 24 Views of Mount Fu­ji, by Hoku­sai which won a Hu­go in 1986 and as a sto­ry is on­ly OK but as a nar­ra­tive wrapped around a fa­mous set of pic­tures it’s aw­ful­ly good. On im­pulse, I typed “hokusai 24” in­to Google, to dis­cov­er that there are 36 pic­tures in the orig­i­nal se­ries, but that Tim Ea­gen, back in ’98, poked around the Web and as­sem­bled the 24 im­ages from the Ze­lazny sto­ry; a fine piece of cu­ra­tor­ship and re­al­ly an es­sen­tial com­pan­ion to read­ing the sto­ry. Look­ing at one of them, I thought: I’ve been there. There’s an amus­ing nar­ra­tive to ac­com­pa­ny the views ...
 
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