“The authors from Japan that have managed to reach a wider international audience have all had teams of talented publishing people supporting them.”
“It’s really important to love a book when you acquire it. If you don’t have that kind of emotional commitment to something, you wind up second-guessing yourself…”
“One thing that they fail to understand is that they lose a part of themselves, their individuality and the originality of their artwork in the process of pleasing the elite.”
“Myths reflect the essence of history and philosophy. Myths show man at his best and man at his worst. Myths project man as God, and man as the devil.”
“As a matter of fact, my anxiety about public appearances was the direct inspiration for this book. Before I began writing In Her Skin…”
“Enheduanna is indeed the world’s first individually identified author. As well as being a priestess, she was also a princess as the daughter of Sargon of Akkad (‘Sargon the Great’). Ishtar was worshipped with songs of praise, festivals, and libations.”
A successful movement requires a cohesive strategy, calculated tactics and solid leadership. Thus I am skeptical of the leaderless Hong Kong movement largely organized through online forums.
When recently there was news of militants destroying a 2000-year old temple in Syria, in a city from the Roman days, sights of the temple came back to mind, particularly a ceiling that I had once come across. This writing is not about the shortsightedness of destroying a remnant of a long-past civilization; rather, it is about a science, an idea… the possible significance of the Zodiac.
The journey of a reader to a traveller to a writer and finally, taking the plunge and self-publishing is filled with lot of self-doubt, practical problems and so, I am thankful that a book like this exists.
Over the years, I have heard stories of souls with ‘unfinished business’ in just about every culture I’ve encountered. I have often wondered–is it us humans who are haunted by their absence–or do restless souls truly reside amongst us?