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May. 11th, 2017 02:14 pm
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Today's Radnauseum suggestion is "start a book from your backlog."

Perhaps I should explain "Radnauseum" first. Radnauseum is the feeling you get when there are a bunch of things that you want to do, but you don't know what you want to do first. In order to overcome this paralysis, I have created The Radnauseum Box - a repurposed tissue box filled with strips of paper with suggestions for things I can do when I don't know what to do. Usually they're fun things (or at least things that I considered fun), but sometimes there are "penalties" such as "deep-clean a room" or "update your resume". They're things that I usually need/want to do that aren't high up on the priority list, but always manage to get shoved to the back of my mind.

Anyway, today's suggestion was to dive into one of my backlogged books. Today's book is Warriors of Legend: Reflections of Japan in Sailor Moon. It's basically something that could be (and may have started out as) an anime convention panel talking about the real-life geographic and cultural influences on Sailor Moon. Most of these things are obvious to Japanese viewers, but Western viewers don't realize that Sailor Moon takes place at actual, real locations in Tokyo. They aren't just made up spots in a generic part of the city - Azabu-Juban actually exists, and Sailor Moon is something of a time capsule for life in that part of the city back in the late 90's and early 2000's. It's a very short book - less than 200 pages - but so far I've learned some interesting things from it. I'll probably finish it by the end of the day, and then I can mark it off of my Goodreads backlog. Yaaaay!

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