100 words - The First

A collection of short text fragments featuring poetry, observations about daily life, and small, personal anecdotes. Sound familiar? Sei Shonagon may not have been a weblogger in the digital sense of the word, seeing as they didn’t have computers in the year 1000, but her “Pillow Book” (which inspired the Peter Greenaway movie of the same name) is structurally the same. Shonagon was a concubine at the court of the Japanese Emperor. Although she sometimes seems chillingly unaware of life outside the gilded cage she inhabits, she definitely enjoys herself. One millennium later, it’s still a good and easy read.

Posted by cronopio at 02:51 AM, February 17, 2002 | Comments (0)