As many who know me will be aware, I’ve spent a good deal of the last three or four years trying to make some inroads into the Chinese language. This is, in part, related to my various research interests, and in part related to the book I’ve been working on exploring the Yijing, or Chinese Book of Changes, as a kind of Calvino-style literature machine. And although progress has been perhaps a little slow, Chinese being—as China scholar David Moser once famously pointed out—damn hard, I’m fairly happy overall with how it has all been going. I’m terribly rusty on conversation, to be sure—living here in the UK, I don’t have as much practice as I would like—and my reading ability goes up and down, but I can pick my way through academic articles in Chinese, at least on a good day, or if I do it in the morning when my mind is fresh; and I’m finding the experience of getting to grips with Chinese immensely fruitful. And, more to the point, fun.Read More
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The Myriad Things
The Myriad Things is a small blog written by Will Buckingham, on the subjects of literature, philosophy, stories and ideas.
- Back online May 14, 2013
- Wrestling the Goat: Article in Reconstruction 13.1 May 2, 2013
- Stockport Schools Book Award May 1, 2013
- Radio Leicester April 19, 2013
- Legacy: Mythology and Authenticity in the Humanities! April 11, 2013
- The Descent of the Lyre: Now on Kindle! March 20, 2013