John McCreery's Blog – July 2012 Archive (3)

Book Recommendation

Cross-posted from Dead Voles. It speaks to the interests of several here.


Kirin Narayan’s Alive in the Writing: Crafting Ethnography in the Company of Chekhov is not a book likely to make it onto bestseller lists. The audience, people with an interest in the art of writing ethnography, is too small. It is, however, a marvelous book about writing non-fiction prose, taking as…


Added by John McCreery on July 16, 2012 at 4:38am — No Comments

George Orwell — A Model for a Modern Anthropology?

Vanity fair has extracted an essay on Orwell from Christopher Hitchen's introduction to Orwell's Diaries. The lead for the Arts & Letters Daily link that led me to this essay reads,

Being an amateur anthropologist, understanding things – poverty and squalor, politics, himself – at the level of basic experience...



Added by John McCreery on July 10, 2012 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

The Joy of Substance — Reflections on the Asian Studies Japan Conference, Tokyo, 2012

This weekend Ruth and I were in Ikebukuro, on the other side of Tokyo from where we live in Yokohama, attending the Asian Studies Japan Conference (ASJC). It was the first time for this conference in several years, so impressions were fresh and lively. What follows is a reflection on why I enjoyed the conference so much, for reasons summed up in my title "The Joy of Substance."

I attended sessions on
  1. Technologies of Japanese Empire: Aesthetics, Planning and…

Added by John McCreery on July 2, 2012 at 4:00am — No Comments


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