Some interesting discussion over on Crooked Timber about the upcoming movie-i-zation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials novels. With stuff about C. S. Lewis and The Problem of Susan. And do the dwarves in The Last Battle really represent Labour?
== kanbun == (noun which takes suru to act as a verb) stirred up, inspired, moved to action
|Bottom radical is 'field' (田). The top radical is a character only found in Chinese meaning 'big stride'. Its topmost part is 'big' (大), and its bottommost part is the 'bird' radical. This character originally meant, 'birds taking off from a field'. (I find it cool, but odd, that the ancient Chinese would have a character to mean this. How often does one have occasion to refer to birds taking off from a field?) Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Big bird stirs, flying excitedly from field.'|