Scenes from the thesis: forsooth

So I’ve been neck-deep in early modern Japanese lit recently, which Japanese people are like “oh, classical language, so difficult” and it’s like, not really, it’s all Japanese and I’m learning all of it like a foreign language, it’s just different. And largely — though not entirely — overlapping.

Yesterday was my birthday so I took a break from the thesis for drinks and pool with friends last night, and was attempting to teach my friend Yuka how to play pool. In explaining that shots are more difficult when the target ball is close to the cueball but far from the pocket, I totally blanked on the construction for “hard to do ___” in modern Japanese.

Me: 打ち…がたき?
Yuka: LOLOLOL, you sound like a samurai.

Because that’s like blanking on “indeed” and producing “forsooth” instead.

That is all.

The Nickel and Dime Decade: American Popular Culture During the 1930s, by Gary Best

This book is pretty awful.

So I was looking for social histories of the Depression for… no reason. Certainly not because I was researching the life and times of Steve Rogers, nope. >_> Although… hypothetically speaking… if anyone wanted to chat about this stuff, you might possibly find me a very enthusiastic willing ear.

And this book does indeed have a lot of relevant and interesting information, but it also has some of the most dishonest scholarship I’ve seen since I picked up an Ann Coulter book.

Strap in, friends, we’re gettin’ political!