Unboxing the Past – Box 2

Sorry I’ve been away for so long.  Was up in Jersey/NYC for the week and didn’t really have an opportunity to post anything.  Anyway, coming up this week should be a post about the Fukui kenjinkai shinnennkai and reviews of the book The Hunger Games and Tron Evolution for the PS3 among other things.

As I mentioned before, I recently discovered a bunch of boxes in storage full of my stuff from before I went to Japan and I decided to chronicle their opening.  I’ve already done one, which turned out to be mostly books, but here goes with the second.

And unfortunately, at first glance, this one seems to be mostly books as well…  But at least it starts out with a fun one.

Strange Stains and Mysterious Smells by Terry Jones and Brian Froud – written by one of the members of Monty Python (and one of the screenwriters for Labyrinth) as well as a fantasy artist whose art inspired the creatures in Labyrinth and Dark Crystal, this is a really cool book.  This book is based on Terry Jones and Brian Froud “finding” a scientific journal that explains that stains and smells are actually living entities and using equipment that they also “found”, they attempt to catalogue some of these stains and smells.  For example this smell, known as Smurgle, that is known to hang around TV studios before the News and as soon as the newsreader is on the air makes a stink to throw them off cue only to then change into the pleasant scent of roses as the newsreader begins to complain.

Quoth the Crow by David Bischoff – I went through a phase of really being into James O’Barr’s The Crow series after seeing the first two movies and I started buying a bunch of these books.  Funny thing is, I never read any of the original comic books.

Green Arrow: Quiver by Kevin Smith – this is a hardcover collection of the entire Kevin Smith run of Green Arrow signed by Kevin Smith.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, illustrated by Michael Hague – The Hobbit is a book that is on the shelf of pretty much every fantasy fan around the world, but this one is special in that it is oversized and has beautiful full page color illustrations like this one:

The Anime Encyclopedia by Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy – this is a list of pretty much every anime published up to 2001 with a small blurb on each one.  I bought this in college when I was pretty heavily into anime for some ideas on what else to watch.

Desperation by Stephen King – first edition of the book, sold together in a box set with The Regulators by Richard Bachman (also Stephen King under a pen name).  These two stories were meant to use similar characters (or at least names) to tell similar stories, but told in the slightly differing writing styles Stephen King used when writing under his real name or his pen name.  Not sure where The Regulators is right now…

Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary: Tenth Edition – nuff said…

The Dastard by Piers Anthony – book 24 in the Xanth series

Dune: House Corrino by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson – book three in the Prelude to Dune trilogy

Maus by Art Spiegelman – box set of both volumes.  This is a really awesome graphic novel of the story of a survivor of the holocaust (actually the author’s father), where all Jewish people are mice and the Nazis are cats.

Max Havelaar or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company by Multatuli – this was bought for a college course called Imagining Asia.  It tells the story of the Dutch coffee trade and and a civil servant who tried to force the Dutch government to recognize the barbarity and corruption in Java.

Office Ladies Factory Women: Life and Work at a Japanese Company by Jeannie Lo – bought for a class on the history of Japanese industrialization.

Native Sources of Japanese Industrialization: 1750-1920 by Thomas C. Smith – bought for the same Japanese industrialization class.

The Lands of Charm and Cruelty by Stan Sesser – a book about the struggles of places like Borneo, Singapore and Laos.  Also bought for Imagining Asia.

Iban Shamanism: An Analysis of the Ethnographic Literature by Penelope Graham – also for Imagining Asia

Chushingura: The Treasury of Loyal Retainers by Takeda Izumo, Miyoshi Shoraku, and Namiki Senryu – this is a puppet play from 1748 that tells the story of 47 ronin (masterless samurai) revenging the death of their master.  This was also bought for a class, but I’m not sure which.  Maybe Japanese Civilization.

The Technical Transformation of Japan: from the 17th to the 21st century by Tess Morris-Suzuki – bought for the Japanese industrialization class.

Assembled in Japan: Electrical Goods and the Making of the Japanese Consumer by Simon Partner – also for the Japanese industrialization class

In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio by Philippe Bourgois – bought for Pass the Peas, a class on the history of hip-hop music and culture.  This is a book written by an anthropologist who spent five years  following and chronicling the lives of Puerto Rican crack dealers in East Harlem.

Yukon Ho by Bill Watterson – a collection of Calvin and Hobbes comics

The Revenge of the Baby-Sat by Bill Watterson – another collection of Calvin and Hobbes comics

Physical Chemistry of Surfaces by Arthur Adamson and Alice Gast – wow, a real page turner here.  This is a book I bought for a colloid and surface chemistry class that I almost immediately dropped.

Japanese: The Written Language Part 2 by Eleanor Harz Jorden and Mari Noda – a workbook style textbook to help study kanji bought for a Japanese class.

Monkey Man Unleashed #1 by Brian Lynch – a signed copy of a crazy comic book written by one of Kevin Smith’s friends.

Other stuff:

– a notebook that seems to have been used for both a Japanese language class and also my Japanese civilization class

– a notebook from my Imagining Asia class.  A class on the imagery and civilizations of southeast Asia

– a guide to Fukui that I must have been sent with my acception into the JET Program.

– a page of sketches of popular characters from Shonen Jump that I was sent with my Shonen Jump subscription

Shonen Jump Sketches


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