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Quote from: Fields on October 17, 2023, 02:07:30 PMBeen trying to get back into the habit of reading more actively this year, instead of spending time online and what have you. Results vary but I'm hoping to reach couple dozen books by the end of the year.Currently reading Yukio Mishima's Temple of Dawn. So far it hasn't grabbed me like either of the previous two Sea of Fertility books. The writing is beautiful as ever but so far it just sort of meanders with the travels and spiritual questions and such, without a clear heading like the elegance and dreaminess of Spring Snow or youthful virility of Runaway Horses. We'll see if it picks up later on.Another one I'm chipping away at is Leena Krohn's Mathematical Creatures... collection of short stories. Part of the "Finlandia-challenge", I've been pleasantly surprised by this. Somewhere in the realm of scifi/spefi etc. but doesn't fall into any clear style. Very high-flying topics around existence, being, and such, but stories themselves are fun and don't feel needlessly dense. Don't think a comprehensive English translation exists but few stories have been translated to some collections.
Quote from: FreakAnimalFinland on October 19, 2023, 10:03:59 AMMostly been reading Finnish written stuff, so seems little odd to talk about them in English. Currently reading essay book titled "Hajonneen maailman käyttöohje", which translates something like "manual for broken world". Many times when you got idealistic people, they see that society or world, could be fixed. That just as if we do X or Y, we will turn the direction. In this book author feels very differently. He may be die hard deep green, but instead of focusing on delusions that climate change would be avoided with certain measures, or that balance of nature could be restored, he has other ideas. While he has been blamed to be given up, or pessimistic, he argues exactly opposite. He is critical towards this faith about better future or that past conditions are being restored. Instead, like the title says, it is manual for the broken world. How to navigate in new conditions, new environments, etc. In these times, when you got both pessimism and panic, that everything is fucked, everything is going down the drain - and then you have almost religious faith as if paradise could be restored on earth if we just try. In this book, angle is that what if the absolute best man can do, is adaptation to live within slow catastrophe.Essays do not really provide preaching political solutions etc, but simply it may be personal observations how something broken, is not completely useless. How many idealistic and idyllic forms are not really what is to be desired. Bottom line being that it is easy to declare end of the world, but more difficult if you realize it is not ending, just have to learn to cope to live within destruction and ruin.I got few more essays to read to finish the book. Very varied topics, some more interesting than others. There is nothing "tough" in it. The post apocalyptic element may be as little as old forest being cut down by machines that gives him grief, yet in those vast empty slots, soon mushrooms flourish. We tend to value "elegant" and aesthetically pleasing, yet from perspective of other life, even the slices of city wastelands may be flourishing life and bio-diversity. It is just not seen in such way as untouched old forest.
Quote from: Balor/SS1535 on October 19, 2023, 06:26:28 PMThis sounds very interesting. I assume that there is no translation to English? What is the name of the author?This seems closely related to something that I am working on personally, actually.I assume that you have read about Speer's "theory of ruin value"? It's just a short passage in his autobiography, but it becomes very interesting when you begin to think about it in an environmental perspective.
Quote from: FreakAnimalFinland on October 23, 2023, 11:15:42 AMQuote from: Balor/SS1535 on October 19, 2023, 06:26:28 PMThis sounds very interesting. I assume that there is no translation to English? What is the name of the author?This seems closely related to something that I am working on personally, actually.I assume that you have read about Speer's "theory of ruin value"? It's just a short passage in his autobiography, but it becomes very interesting when you begin to think about it in an environmental perspective.Author is Ville-Juhani Sutinen. Not that much of Finnish literature gets translated and I would suspect every country has authors who deal with somewhat similar matters, although this one has a lot of kind of new'ish, somewhat fresh ideas and perspective. It is also in many ways Finland related. Depending on essays, it covers things like innovations in "artificial meat", companies that make vegetable "meats", Finnish style flea markets, recycling and excessive consumerist mania they theoretically oppose - in reality perhaps even advocate. Essays are wide variety of subjects, from fertility treatments when trying to have kid, into mushroom harvesting. Each topic may sound somewhat "uninteresting", but thing is that like in industrial noise releases, the topic itself is sort of like word you could get over with, and look into actual substance. Essays about collecting mushrooms or trying to have baby, are not really about that. Really good writing. Ville-Juhani Sutinen been known for couple decades and won awards and quite present in public too. I doubt people would know his name when being asked, but they might have heard or read his works without being really caring who he is. Recently he was in long interview at YLE radio show and being asked if he is pessimist and given up, due talking about accepting the broken world? He said not at all! Quite opposite. Endless amount of people have either angst or delusional hopes, that what can be done after _____. Add whatever scenario at the blank space. It's like people living entire life waiting "capitalism to collapse, and then..", "immigrant crisis to turn civil war, and then.." etc. Always sort of excuses that make one postpone actions and lifestyle changes. Instead of utopia (or dystopia) he'd discuss what can be done in the broken world. Where things are no more what they used to be, but it is still the only thing we got and situation one has to cope with. Analogies are good for a lot of things in life, and for many it is probably simply something very normal put into good writing.This has very little in common with Speer. The ruin value, similarly spoken by bunch of other people of such direction (Francis Parker Yockey etc) had idea that even when the civilization, without doubt and without exception, eventually collapses, the next species or next generations of people would see the ruins of civilization as if gods walked on earth before them. Noble idea of course. What we have now, is like the population that is not gods walking earth, more like some sort of horse of anti-midas type of characters. Things they touch, doesn't turn into gold, but garbage. And in feverish mania they want to touch everything.