jugulum replied to your post: fancy book learnin’ friday: week 14: north korea… again edition

I love Nothing to Envy for the same reasons. It’s such a good a book. (Also, I’m in my first year of a Korean undergrad and I’m already sick of Bruce Cummings!)

Yeah, I’m still surprised by how good it was, especially for a non-academic book (not that academic books are perfect, but you know). I’m really glad I read it, both because now I’ve read it but now I also have a good book to recommend whenever people ask me about North Korea (which is a lot).

And as a third year grad student, I can promise you: it doesn’t get much better with the Bruce. You had to read “Korea’s Place in the Sun,” right? That’s the problem with Bruce’s work: it’s one of the only books out there that’s a longitudinal history of the peninsula. Well, one that’s readily available. One of my friends got so fed up having to read it he started writing snarky notes back in the margins, circling things and putting smiley faces, or little “oh, Bruce :)"s next to them.

If you want a better one, I highly, highly recommend Carter Eckert’s "Korea Old and New: A History.” The first part they translated from Ki-Baik Lee’s work, and the latter things were written by Eckert, Michael Robinson, and Edward Wagner (all of whom are legit, just in case you haven’t heard of them yet). The problem with Bruce is that so much of his stuff is some of the only stuff out there on the Korean War, since that’s kind of his thing. You have people like Suh Dae-Sook who’ve written extensively about Kim Il-Sung and the founding of he DPRK and the Soviet role and all that, but you’re still gonna have to deal with Bruce’s work at every stage. Unfortunately :( I wish the future was brighter, but it only sort of is. Like, you have my grand-advisor, James Palais, who wrote extensively about the Chosŏn Dynasty, and a grip of good scholars on the colonial era, but Bruce is still one of the most prolific when it comes to the Korean War. And to his credit, he did write the first history of the war, but he also wrote it before the Soviet archives were opened. You can find good things in his work, but having to trudge through that cloud of smug self-satisfaction? I’d rather eviscerate myself with a rusty spoon.

I totally didn’t know you were K-Studies, though, that’s awesome :D What’s up, K-Studies buddy! Are you looking to focus on any specific era/subject?

Oats learning about Granny from Lancrastians

‘You wouldn’t let a poor old lady go off to confront monsters on a wild night like this, would you?’

They watched him owlishly for a while just in case something interestingly nasty was going to happen to him.

Then someone near the back said, 'So why should we care what happens to monsters?’

And Shawn Ogg said, 'That’s Granny Weatherwax, that is.’

'But she’s an old lady!’ Oats insisted.

The crowd took a few steps back. Oats was clearly a dangerous man to be around.

'Would *you* go out alone on a night like this?’ he said.

The voice at the back said, 'Depends if I knew where Granny Weatherwax was.’

- Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett

angrykittykj asked:

Granny Weatherwax!


  • Why I like them: She is badass (in fact she literally lives there!)
  • Why I don’t: This shouldn’t count as something I don’t like, but one of her character flaws is that she has to be The Best and she needs her ego propped up a bit. On the other hand she really earns her pride through intensely hard work.  “Granny was an old-fashioned witch. She didn’t do good for people, she did right by them.”
  • Favorite episode (scene if movie): MMMM I love Wyrd Sisters and I love Witches Abroad–and I LOVE Carpe Jugulum. I think I’m going to say the scene in Carpe Jugulum when she has to make a choice and she confronts herself. “ I knows what you are, Esmerelda Weatherwax, and I ain’t scared of you anymore.”
  • Favorite season/movie: I’ll go with Carpe Jugulum but ALSO Wyrd Sisters and Maskerade and Witches Abroad. And also A Hat Full of Sky. 
  • Favorite line: SO MANY. “Sin is when you treat people as things.”
  • Favorite outfit: She only has one, and it’s black. 
  • OTP: 
  • Brotp: Granny and Tiffany Aching
  • Head Canon: After Carpe Jugulum, the Quite Reverend Mightily-Praiseworthy-Are-Ye-Who-Exalteth-Om Oats stays in touch with Granny, sending her long letters. She doesn’t ever reply but she does get a dictionary so she can understand them :P
  • Unpopular opinion: The thing that happened in The Shepherd’s Crown should not have happened but it was also good that it happened? 
  • A wish: To someday write characters with the kind of depth and dimension that Granny Weatherwax has. 
  • An oh-god-please-dont-ever-happen: The worst has already happened and there won’t ever be any more Discworld books and NOW I AM SAD AGAIN
  • 5 words to best describe them: Tough, Fair, Brusque, Proud, Powerful
  • My nickname for them: I would very respectfully call her Mistress Weatherwax unless invited to call her Granny. 

F: What’s your favorite book? Favorite author?

  • uuuuuuuugh UUUUUUUUUUGH I have so many beloved books I can’t even start
  • Gaudy Night. The Blue Castle. Six of Crows. Carpe Jugulum. The Bloody Chamber. The question makes my brain short circuit I can’t deal with it :P
  • Favorite author–I already mentioned Dorothy Sayers and Terry Pratchett (easily the two authors I re-read the most), I also love Leigh Bardugo, Georgette Heyer, and Ray Bradbury.

Carpe Jugulum
Haiku (in three acts)
By @joulesevans

Way of a pilgrim…
The search: for God and Guinness.
The road: million miles

In a thousand years.
Voyage of: The Dawn Treader.
Wish list: thin places

Where everything is
Illuminated. Shaken
Not stirred crazy love.

#bookspinepoetry #haiku #tripledecker #becausetheworldneedsmorepoetry

Thanks @austinkleon #steallikeanartist for the superkaPOWer fun idea!

Anybody else wanna play? Come #getyourpoetryon with me and tag me so I can read yours!

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