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Pet Peeve #1: The “Do You Have a Date Tonight?” Question

| November 24, 2009

One of the inspirations for this series I am now calling the “Pet Peeve Series” is Sei Shonagon’s “The Pillow Book.” In the Heian court during imperial Japan, the empress’ ladies-in-waiting usually keep journals that would later on be referred to as pillow books, because they were kept close to the pillow and possibly got [...]