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[QUOTE] -He knew it was her, with that natural certainty that dreams give freely and lucid hours stubbornly refuse. -a quick invincible backdash allowed him to narrowly escape a colossal dry cleaning bill. [/QUOTE]This ability to mix the flawlessly beautiful with the hilarious is underrated in the Western canon. (Is this also the defining feature of the Madman’s Cafe?!) Anyhow, this is a towering achievement on the lines of Toxico’s World Heroes thread. I know he would have approved. Noh has always been the currency of stubborn old men, irritating right-wingers, and insecure people who are vaguely ashamed about their need to “know more about their own culture.” Naturally, none of these people understand a word of it without the accompanying booklet or audio tape. Noh’s self-proclaimed guardians kept it so thoroughly frozen in time, self-serious, and inflexible that it is destined to die out for lack of practitioners because no one actually understands or enjoys it (people will tell you they do (these people are lying (to themselves, if not to you))), whereas the amiable jackassery of Kyougen is still entertaining today. If that isn’t a lesson for the writing and style thread, I don’t know what is.[QUOTE]-come back in power and sentence your enemies to eternal unfashionable-ness -after Wakamoto’s best role put some order into that madness, no one really cared about Nô anymore. -only the losers are remembered, as long as they lost with panache. -the beautifully grotesque entertainment industry we can see now, an industry that, like Nô and Kabuki, still caters first and foremost to wealthy adults with a passion for very young prostitutes.[/QUOTE] I also had a vision of this profound wisdom being delivered atop the Eiffel Tower not by Iggy-Kyoko, but by the guy in Chrono Trigger who you find on a mountaintop with Spekkio’s sprite and who says, [URL=http://yaplog.jp/cv/tsuchi-tsuchi/img/109/img20081117_p.jpg]“Mountains sure are nice!”[/URL] [QUOTE] Or are you so saturated with words just from work and from the remnants of academia that you'd rather not have any more? [/QUOTE] [i]In his youth, Yi-gi had always dreamed of passing the national civil service examination, bringing honor to his family and taking him from remote Yunnan province to the capital as a scholar-administrator. Truly, there was value in being in the central hub of the middle kingdom. It was only with age, however, that Yi-gi began to question the ways of the academy. Maybe it was one too many changes in the interpretations of the four elements. More likely it was that reading Li Yu's Carnal Prayer Mat made everything else seem asinine and boring. So began his life as a mountain hermit, away from both the academy and the capital. Passers-by assumed he was another lonely old eccentric, but the laugher that wafted down from his mountain den at night suggested a different story...[/i]
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