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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.
The actor who plays Setsuko Hearn, an Asian American scholar of East Asian literature, also plays the Heian woman who wrote the pillow book that the characters "discover," although of course the audience later discovers that this Heian woman is a product of modern imaginations.
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"
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.
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.
Award-winning author Aiden Chambers presents This Is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn, a unique work of fiction in that it is not told in the traditional narrative style of a novel; instead, its story is rendered as a "pillow book" or collection of notes recording poems, emotions, daily impressions, letters, stories, ideas, and descriptions, compiling the life of a pregnant nineteen-year-old girl who wishes to preserve and pass on her memories to her unborn child.
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