This is a notebook and guide for learners of English as a second or overseas language, all over the earth. Most of the writings here are in Basic English, first designed by C. K. Ogden, using 850 necessary words and a number of international words only.


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Le Guin Stories to be a Japanese Motion Picture
Fantasy is something uncommon and unnatural. Fantasy, in the field of music, is short work with free form. Fantasy, in the field of letters, is fiction story of very uncommon and unnatural events. The most noted American writer of fantasies may be Ursula K. Le Guin.

The most noted work of Le Guin is probably the Earthsea stories. They are about a man named Ged, who has very special power, and about his experiences in a place named Earthsea. Now those stories are to be made into a new motion picture by a Japanese company named Studio Ghibli. The news was made public in Japan this month.

I will put more about the new picture when I get more news, more about Le Guin, and more about fantasies in my daybook.

Online pages in English by Ghibli lovers:
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In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood: A True Account of Multiple Murder and Its Consequences (Modern Library)Besides Culture and Imperialism by Edward W. Said, I was reading a book by Truman Capote, and I came to the end of the Capote book on the Christmas Day. It is a true-crime book, or a long account, in prose, of a cruel event which certainly took place. Two men, in the late fall of 1959, violently put a Kansas family to death.

Capote was a noted man of letters, for the serious art of writing prose fiction. He had a talk with everyone on the town, and every possible one who had a connection to the event: hundreds of them. Hours and hours of talks were put together, in the best possible way, into one long story. In a talk with another writer, Capote said, "Every word was true" (Conversations with Capote).

Crime books were generally prose fiction printed on rough papers and put on the market cheaply. True stories, on the other hand, were generally printed in newspapers and newsletters, with little weights on the quality of writing. But this book was different; the story was made of facts, he said, and the quality of writing is high.

The book is In Cold Blood: A True Account of Multiple Murder and Its Consequences. Multiple murder is act of putting a number of persons to death. Consequence is outcome. The picture over is the cover of the book made public by the company named Modern Library. The man on the cover is probably the writer.
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Natalie Goldberg: On Writing
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

Like running, the more you do it,
the better you get at it. . . .

All of you is moving;
there's no you separate from the runner.
In writing, when you are truly on,
there's no writer, no paper, no pen, no thoughts.

From Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (11-12).
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The country was up in arms, the war was on . . . .
War Prayer (Harper Colophon Books)

That is from the early part, the second line,
of a short story named "The War Prayer."

Prayer is act of religion in which you say
words of hope to the higher being.

The story was made up about 100 years back,
by a noted North American writer.
He put it down on papers then, [and]
had a reading of it to his family,
who said that it would be wise
for him to keep the story secret.

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How Ghibli Came to Make an Earthsea Picture
The Earthsea Quartet (Puffin Books) Toshio Suzuki, producer of the new animation based
 on Le Guin's
Earthsea books, gave a long talk
 to the
Yomiuri Shimbun, the newspaper with the
 greatest number of readers in Japan.
 The talk in Japanese has been made public at

 Yomiuri Online, 26 December 2006. I have put an
 outline of the talk in Basic English. This is Part 1.

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How Ghibli Came to Make a New Earthsea Picture 2
Toshio Suzuki, producer of the new Ghibli picture, gave his experience of how he and Hayao Miyazaki got an approval from Ursula K. Le Guin, in his talk to Yomiuri Newspaper. This is an outline:

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writing in small letters
the shorter the distance you go,
the quicker you come to the end.
so some writers put
facts and thoughts
all in small letters when they
make quick notes.
it is like a shorthand.

the invention of the typewriter,
the writing machine with keyboards,
made more writers using
small letters only,
because change from small to great letters and
changing back to small
took more time on the machine.

there was an american writer who made
free verses using only small letters.
he became noted because he
made use of small letters
even for the head letters of his name.
all the time he
put his name like this:
e. e. cummings.
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Words Are Soft

Some of my Japanese friends say that
language is an instrument.

They may be right.
We make use of language as an
instrument for doing everyday things.

One thing I'm hoping to make clear
is that this instrument is a bit different from
hard instruments like pencils, knives, tables,
or automobiles.
It's a soft instrument.
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Dickinson's Word
 Emily Dickinson, 1830-86,
is an American woman who made
more than 1,700 poems.
(Poems are verses made as
serious work of art.)

Most of her poems are
very short and beautiful.
Some are very hard
for the readers to get
the ideas put into them by

Some are simple and
some are shocking.

How about her poem about word?
It goes like this:

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Sky: By Carl Sandburg
コメント:Carl Sandburg. Poems for Children: Nowhere near Old Enough to Vote. Pictures by Istvan Banyai.

The sky is for birds to go up in.
The sky is as far as the moon, the stars, the sun.

The sky is higher than any mountain.

The sky is worth looking at.

worth = good enough for

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