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Those One Cannot Hate

The new Lieutenant Commander bowed and withdrew from the Great Commander-in-Chief’s presence. He returned to his column and looked up at the blue sky where the stars of the Great Major should be. “Oh, Great Major! May this world be the place where one doesn’t have to kill those one cannot hate. If this could […]

Of Angleworms and Others, by Tove Jansson

One summer, Sophia was suddenly afraid of small animals, and the smaller they were, the more afraid she was. This was altogether new. Ever since the first time she trapped a spider in a matchbox in order to make it her pet, her summers had been full of caterpillars, tadpoles, worms, beetles, and similar uncompanionable […]

Miyazaki’s Top Fifty Book Recommendations

From the exhibition at the Setagaya Literary Museum in Tokyo in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Iwanami boys’ books series. Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1943) Il Romanzo di Cipollino (The Adventures of Little Onion) — Gianni Rodari (1956) The Rose and the Ring — William Makepeace Thackeray […]

Worlds of Lost Possibilities

Life is a winking light in the darkness. — I try to dig deep into the well of my subconscious. At a certain moment in that process, the lid is opened and very different ideas and visions are liberated. With those I can start making a film. But maybe it’s better that you don’t open […]