pulp: don't even talk to me

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Someone, link me to Pandora Hearts, I want to catch up with this series.

ALSO: anyone whose comments I haven't replied to, I WILL DO, I just need to stop being ... slow. And lazy. And being all 'THAT REQUIRES THOUGHT.......'

But yes. Pandora Hearts. Please to be telling me where I can read this online so I can work out where I stopped reading it.

Thank you, darlings.
satoshi: my serious face

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WOW, hi there, LJ. It's been a while, huh? Uni's been busy, I'm in my final semester (which is all sorts of terrifying), and I have a shit load of work to do. But I'm doing my best! lmao after all of the concerns from last year, I definitely feel better about things this semester/year. I've not even been ill once so far, which is a sharp, sharp contrast to how things were when I was in the house last year, which is nice.

I'm also slowly getting back into fandom again, but I won't even lie, I have no idea what's going on with the fandoms I used to be in (like, say, ARS...). Although I did watch Gantz the other day, and spent like, the whole movie cringing at the dubbing bc a lot of it really was awful.

SO, FLIST, ENLIGHTEN ME AS TO YOUR ACTIVITIES. Or anything else of note. I feel so behind... Also, if any of you have plurk and I haven't added you or sth, LET ME KNOW X(

―I have a vague plan with regards to after graduation ― which doesn't involve JET, for the record ― but I am thinking that, as long as I can save enough money, of going for a two~three week-ish holiday in Japan early 2012? Either Jan/Feb time, or Golden Week and the surrounding weeks. If anyone reckons they'll be in Japan around that time or ... wants to accompany me or sth, LET ME KNOW.
jarvis: i am taking you seriously

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'sup, LJ. It's been a good while since I've paid you any attention.

I won't lie, I haven't looked at my flist in a good month or so :c I've only really used it to post my SHEER HAPPINESS AND JOY at the news of a Pulp reunion -- speaking of which, if any of you beautiful people are going to Wireless Festival in July next year, let me know! By this, I mostly mean 'if you're going to the July 3rd event, let me know'. Pulp are headlining, I'm going, if you're going, we should totally meet up for pre- and post-festival drinks and general Pulp enjoying revelry. Or something (I can seriously not be the only person on my flist going to this, can I? I KNOW MOST OF YOU GUYS AREN'T EVEN BRITS, BUT GODDAMN. THERE'S GOTTA BE ONE PULP FAN AMONGST YOU ALL.)

Now, that aside, enlighten me! Tell me something awesome about your lives from the past month, or coming up! Or spam me with stuff! It's all good. I've been out of the loop :c

re: dissertation. It's sorted, I have a topic, it's all good. University is hectic, and I have never-ending amounts of work which I like to whine about at any given opportunity. ALSO, any of you folks have a HTC Wildfire? Tell me all about it. I might get one.
pulp: don't even talk to me

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I'm being a bit rubbish at checking LJ at the moment, so if anyone wants to get in touch with me, you're probably better off PMing me, emailing me (if you have my email address), or catching me on AIM.
pulp: don't even talk to me

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So, I've been trying to think of more dissertation ideas, and I've thought of three so I'm going to try and grab a prof. tomorrow or Friday who specialises in the subject and ask what they think. During my Japanese lit. class today, the topic of dissertations came up (...some of us were complaining) and our teacher was like 'well, he's not a specialist on Japan, I don't understand how he can say yes or no to some of these' and when a couple of us offered examples of what he'd rejected, she was just like '...yeah, I don't see how those aren't topics.'

But hey, what can you do?

#1 Romanticisation/fetishization of history.
Obviously, on a larger scale, there's the complete glossing over of WWII and the atrocities committed as a part of that (and the whole textbook debacle) that Japan is infamous for, but on a lesser scale, there's the rise of レキジョ in recent years. I'm not sure if there's a 'question' in there, but it's something to ask about. A friend mentioned about cults (for example, the dragon princess thing) and suggested possibly linking them, so it's something to think about?

#2 Discrimination in Japan, particularly towards individuals who don't fit into the heteronormative ideal? I mean, like, as a whole MtF isn't hugely accepted, and yet Haruna Ai is really popular, right? And going back, Japan has a rich history of men crossdressing for the arts, be it born out of a desire or need to stop prostitution (kabuki, not that it helped) and so on and so forth, and the existence of okama bars, and how accepted they may or may not be.

#3 Isn't something I'm completely sold on doing, but feminism and women's rights in Japan and the western influence on it? Like, compare the relative attitude of and towards feminism pre- and post-restoration, and also pre- and post-WWII with the American occupation and how the west has (or hasn't, as it may well be) affected the rise of feminism. I mean, I know there are clauses in contracts with certain companies that effectively limit the wages and positions of female employees (I can't remember the term for it unfortunately 8() and yeah. I don't know. Of the three, this does feel like the more viable topic though? To me, at least, although at least two of the other topics I threw at him on Monday felt viable to me, so who am I to say.

Ahaha, and I just checked the specialisations of a couple of the teachers, and you know how he rejected the ideas on the link of pop culture and international relations? S.K specialises in "The emerging power of the East Asian Actors in international development", and as for left wing politics in Japan and its popularity/lack of, I.H specialises in "Cultural theory, especially psychoanalysis and Marxism."

Just. I don't even know, man. I know he 'knows what he's doing', but it really doesn't feel like it, you know?
pulp: don't even talk to me

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So, the dissertation co-ordinator threw out every single idea I presented him with, and wasn't even the slightest bit helpful. He was just like 'come back next week.'


I have to completely rethink everything and I have no idea what I would even do instead of the ideas I had before.