By Donald Richie

ISBN-10: 0962813745

ISBN-13: 9780962813740

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1991
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A masterfully written number of brief essays via the famous Western professional on eastern tradition and picture and the guy Time journal calls "the dean of artwork critics in Japan." Spanning greater than thirty years, Richie translates his followed home's artistic accomplishments in the course of its upward thrust to fiscal and cultural strength.

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Skidding to a stop at a traffic light that holds on yellow for ten seconds, so you cockily cruise through the next yellow light only to have it quickly turn red as you slide across an intersection and smash into a mailbox. Successfully lying your way out of a car accident, then spying some geeky pinhead showing the cops a videotape of you blowing through a stop sign, colliding with five cars, and then claiming someone else was driving your car. When an addled driver takes a left turn at an intersection and waves thanks for letting him cut in front of you, when in fact you still have a red light and would have given your right arm for the chance to send this dink swan diving out his passenger-side window.

Catching the garter at a wedding and having to roll it up the hairy, cellulite-ridden calf of some despondent woman who broke the best man’s coccyx diving for the bouquet. Friends whose house has an odor you can’t stand, so you invite them to your house and realize they’re the ones who smell like a pile of donkey manure. Some feebleminded relative taking an ugly picture of you, blowing it up to poster size, and displaying it in the entranceway of their house. ” Hypocritical dog owners not caring if their dog humps your leg, but getting all annoyed by you turning the tables and humping their dog.

Strike settlements that put an end to loafing around the house in a drunken stupor. Your shoddy company rewarding you for fifty years of service by offering you a free lunch down in the scumhole cafeteria. Having to do the work for the entire department because the women are working their tails off nuzzling the boss’s new baby, and the rest of the cretins are all in the copy room staring dumbfounded at a carton of toner. Bringing important mail down to the lamebrains in the mailroom and catching the fruitless numbskulls playing Wiffle ball with a rolled-up wad of confidential documents.

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