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Hit the catfish with the gourd

In case you missed it: hernewshoes reprints an interview by Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy (which is excellent, you should go read it if you haven't; the first two volumes, anyway).

Pullman has some of the usual writing advice stuff—it's not useful to ask a writer where he gets his ideas, for example, and the need for 'a room of one's own'—and some unusual advice. For example, he apparently doesn't believe in crit groups, or even first readers. He gives some Nietzschean explanation for this, but I can't help but think that a first reader might have helped him avoid the mess of HDM's third volume. Pullman seems to have this romantic notion of writer as Byronic hero, and although Byronic heroes sometimes accomplish great things, at other times they just need to be whacked on the head with a frying pan by someone with a lick of common sense.

I like what Pullman says, and quotes Isaac Bashevis Singer as saying, about the importance of the story, and not what we say about the story. Same principle as 'show don't tell', but on a story-size scale


SHAKU

ku(mu)
meaning: serve, wine, ladle, scoop, drink

媒酌 == baishaku == (noun which can take する to act as a verb) matchmaking
独酌 == dokujshaku == (noun which can take する to act as a verb) drinking alone, solitary drinking


Right radical is 'ladle/measure' (勺), left radical is 'wine (jar)' (酒). I.e., a ladleful of wine, representing wine being served or drunk.  Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Drink wine served by ladleful.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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