"The rule is not not to eat animal meat. The rule is not to kill. So
when we encounter a dead doe on the road, we express our gratitude to
Earth and eat it. We must eat it so that life is not wasted. When we
stumble upon a dead pigeon in the dark, we thank Heaven and pluck it.
Thus I've eaten rabbits, weasels, raccoons."
Kyoko Yoshida, "Squirrel Heaven"
I just love, love, love this piece. She's definitely one of the most exciting English-language writers today!
"Essays should always be written neatly and legibly. Only a bad
essay-writer forgets to apply himself to the clarity of both the
thoughts and the letters. You should always think first before you
Robert Walser, A Schoolboy's Diary (Damion Searls trans.)
When I was four I followed my youngest uncle five miles across fields reclaimed from the sea, on and on until my little legs were buckling by the time we reached the sea that went soaring up to the sky.
"Here I am inclined to fight windmills, because I cannot yet say the
thing I really want to say." (Ich bin hier geneigt, gegen Windmühlen zu
kämpfen, weil ich das noch nicht sagen kann, was ich eigentlich sagen
"Supermarket produce sections have long been one of America's
underappreciated wonders. We think of supermarkets as being the places
where food is bought and sold, but they are simply the most visible part
of the massive, hidden network that sprawls out beneath them---and this
is especially true when it comes to produce."