What I’m Reading: 100 Years of Moomin

March 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

Well, 100 years of Tove Jansson, anyway.

This year Finland is celebrating the centenary of Tove Jansson’s birth.  I’m not sure what you’re doing to celebrate it, but I’m going to re-read all the Moomin books that I’ve got and probably finally get around to reading The Summer Book.

If you don’t know about the oddities called Moomins or the genius of Tove Jansson, Drawn and Quarterly has done a great job reprinting the Moomin books over the last few years.  I also recommend this BBC News piece that draws the parallels between Tove Jansson’s life and her most famous creations.  (I’m not usually into this kind of literary analysis, but the piece says a lot about her life that I didn’t know about.)

And yes, there was the Moomin TV show:

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Miyazaki’s Swan Song

November 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

The Wind Rises is the latest and probably last feature film directed by Hayao Miyazaki, the director classics such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.  Studio Ghibli announced the director’s retirement in September.  From the trailer below, it looks like he’s going out on a high note.

It’s kind of a weird topic for a film, especially for American audiences, but The Wind Rises is a fictionalized biography of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the infamous Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter – you know, the ones flown by the pilots that killed all those folks at Pearl Harbor.

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