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Dune: Duncan Idaho?

It occurs to me that the way we feel about the silly name Duncan Idaho echoes the way that the Fremen felt about the name Muad’Dib (“hopping mouse”) when they first heard it.

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The Tale of Genji – choosing a translation

I’ve heard about The Tale of Genji, and thought I might like to read it. However, there are a daunting number of translations available! They’re enumerated in the Wikipedia article. Here’s my rough summary: 0) Murasaki Shikibu – the original … Continue reading

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