anonymous asked:

Greetings! I am a huge fan of your blog. I would like to ask you for some literature recommendations. I am unfortunately running sparse on books to read. :( Anything classic, or poem books are what I am interested in. Thank you very much, and a good day to you. :)

Hello! First off - thanks, I’m so happy to hear that! Now on to business.

Alright, so I’m not sure what classics you’ve read - I assume you’ve come across some of the more well-known ones, but I still want to mention some greats like Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, etc.

I also always recommend:
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Stoner by John Williams
- Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
- The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy 
- Blindness by Henry Green
- The Aspen Papers/The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Regarding poetry, I don’t read quite as much as I’d like, but I do recommend Howl and other poems by Allen Ginsberg and The Book of Nightmares by Galway Kinnell. I was also recently introduced to poet Kwame Dawes and I’ve very much enjoyed his poetry so far!
 [Also, obligatory recommendations for picking up a book with some poetry from Sappho or any Ancient Greek/Roman poetry like Homer, Euripides, Hesiod, etc. OH and Virgil’s Aeneid is of course fantastic (and Ovid and Horace and Juvenal).]

Edit: Please follow this link to find more suggestions from authors of color that should definitely be considered in your search for books to read!


animated gals - The Princess
ガリバーの宇宙旅行 / Garibā no Uchū Ryokō
(Gulliver’s Travels Beyond the Moon)

Mar. 20th, 1965
Masao Kuroda, Sanae Yamamoto

filed under: Japan, 1960s, royalty


ガリバーの宇宙旅行 / Garibā no Uchū Ryokō
(Gulliver’s Travels Beyond the Moon)

114 in x of animated feature film history
Release: Mar. 20th, 1965
Country: Japan
Director: Masao Kuroda, Sanae Yamamoto

“The story concerns a homeless boy named Ricky, or Ted in the original Japanese version. After seeing a movie about Gulliver he meets Professor Gulliver himself in a forest. Gulliver is now an elderly, space-traveling scientist. With Dr. Gulliver’s crow assistant, and Ted’s companions, a talking dog named Mack and a toy soldier, they travel the Milky Way to the Star of Blue Hope, which has been taken over by robots created by its former inhabitants. The king and princess ask for help in reclaiming their planet, and Ted and Gulliver do so. Then, Ted wakes up on the street once again, happy from this amazing dream.

Gulliver’s Travels Beyond the Moon––sometimes called Space Gulliver––was one of the first Toei animated features to depart from Asian mythology, though, like Toei’s previous animated features, it is modeled after the Disney formula of animated musical feature. By borrowing elements from Hans Christian Andersen, Jonathan Swift and science fiction, it was hoped that this film would attract a large international audience. However it proved to be no more popular than Toei’s previous, Asian-themed films. After the failure in the U.S. of this and Toei’s previous animated feature, this was the last Japanese animated feature to be released in the United States for over a decade. 

Not yet the internationally popular electronic music composer he was later to become, Isao Tomita contributed the original Japanese score. However, for the American edition, songs were composed by Milton and Anne Delugg.

In one of his earliest animation jobs, a young Hayao Miyazaki worked on this film as an in-between artist. His contribution to the ending of the film brought Miyazaki to the attention of Toei. The screenplay was written by Shinichi Sekizawa, the writer of the first Mothra (1961).

In a contemporary review, the Monthly Film Bulletin reviewed an 85-minute English-language dubbed version of the film, and described it as a ‘charmless animated feature.’ The review described the animation as ‘mediocre’ and with ‘little variation or invention and a noticeable lack of perspective.’”


Gulliver’s Travels Beyond the Moon is available on YouTube.

FIRST POSTED: 12/13/16


Gulliver’s Travels (1939, USA)
As a traveler named Gulliver washes ashore in the tiny kingdom of Lilliput, he his soon ordered to help prevent war between two warring factions.

It’s quite impossible to understate the impact of Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Not only being the first animated feature out of the Hollywood studio system, but helped elevate animation in general to something beyond the typical fun cartoon short. Not only was it being seen as high art (something Walt wanted to capitalize on in his later films), but other studios wanted to equal Walt and Snow White’s massive success in some way. The Paramount studios’ Fleischer Brothers had been wanting to make a feature for years (Popeye color two-reel shorts were being sold by Paramount as features before then) and Gulliver’s Travels was a personal choice from Max Fleischer. The Fleischers were originally considering adapting the entire book or casting Popeye as Gulliver, but settled with just the Lilliputian portion of the novel and a rotoscoped actor in the role of Gulliver. The Fleischer however were given a compromised year and a half deadline from Paramount, which resulted in production shortcuts, missed schedules, inexperience from some artists at their new Miami studio, and the studio to consider canceling the film at one point for going over-budget.

It would be understood if people then confused this for a Disney production too, it was the first Disney-competitive feature after all. The film is ambitious in that it deals with large-scale crowd and battle sequences that weren’t in Walt’s Snow White and there are moments of nice character animation. For every artistic success for the Fleischers there’s still a feeling of resentment of their unique creative expression in Gulliver. The film feels like it drags when it spends much of its time with the uninteresting and often flat Liliputian characters, some of them being grating presences.  While financially successful when finished, the film as a whole doesn’t totally work and found itself overshadowed in time by the Fleischer’s other smaller accomplishments. Walt Disney himself openly commented on Gulliver saying “we can do better than that with our second-string animators,” the other Disney artists at the time also wrote it off as being inferior to their work.

Can I find this? Yeah, sonny. In the 1960′s, Gulliver’s Travels lapsed with several Fleischers animated shorts into public domain which means today it can be easily downloaded and viewed for free online without copyright issues. It has been released on formal video releases several times, some infamously bad including an “official” Blu-Ray release that roughly tried remastering an outdated SD source. Steve Stanchfield of Thunderbean created an independent Blu-Ray release and remastering Gulliver properly himself with original 35mm elements. Stanchfield just last month made the Blu-Ray available again, while a fan uploaded his remaster on YouTube:

My current book collection (not pictured: my copy of Treasure Island and Kidnapped which is currently at my datemate’s house) (I’m also gonna make individual posts for each one) @meleana-shims