pillow book


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pillow book

n.
1. A book containing erotic images and texts, often intended as a guide to sexual practices.
2. A literary collection of loosely connected personal observations.

[Sense 2, from translation of Japanese Makura no Sōshi, the title of such a book by Sei Shonagon (c. 966-1017), Japanese court lady and author (makura, pillow + no, relational particle + sōshi, album leaves).]
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The two author-protagonists, the narrator, Jane Takagi-Little, and her Japanese counterpart, Akiko Ueno, define themselves in relation to a third author, Sei Shonagon, and her tenth-century miscellany text known as The Pillow Book.
These characters are particularly fascinated by a newly discovered Japanese pillow book that appears to be from the Heian period but turns out to be a modern forgery.
I learned about lists from Ivan Morris's translation of The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon where readers see how a mere list can be elegant writing.
Ivan Morris, in his introduction to The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon: "I have however, preferred to retain the confused timesequence of the traditional texts"
The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon, Empress Sadako's lady in waiting from about 993-1000, offers rich detail about the meaning and power of dress during the Heian period [794-1185].
Jocelyn brilliantly refutes this opinion with fascinating tales of women writers beginning with Sei Shonagon's penning of The Pillow Book in ancient Japan.
So far, his roles have steered clear of McGregor's edgy turns in Trainspotting and The Pillow Book.
A born gossip who loved life at court, Sei's observations--in the form of lists, poems and anecdotes that give us much insight into her world--were collected and published in English as The Pillow Book, a book still in print.
A pillow book this work is not, nor a pillow, but, read carefully, it pays back royally.
McGregor, 37, starred as a bisexual in 1996 movie The Pillow Book and filmed a gay sex scene with Batman star Christian Bale for Velvet Goldmine.
Sei Shonagon, a servant to the Japanese Empress Sadako 1,000 years ago, wrote a single volume, The Pillow Book, that is difficult to classify.
He said: "In The Pillow Book I was covered head to toe in Chinese-Japanese calligraphy.