The Outrageously Charming Art of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

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Source: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's Instagram

I have a confession to make.

I am into Japanese culture—I have always been. I grew up like the standard Spanish nerdy kid, playing Japanese video games and watching the anime that was becoming so popular in the 90s; think Dragon Ball, Saint Seiya or Sailor Moon. Because of this, I developed an appreciation of the outlandish and outrageous Japanese art; I think nothing illustrates this point better than their TV commercials.

Needless to say, I am a big fan of J-Pop, too—that is, Japanese pop music. Some of the artists I listened to growing up were Megumi Hayashibara, Ayumi Hamazaki, L’arc-en-ciel, and a big, big list of such names. One of my all-time favourite music videos is Stereopony’s “Hanbunko”.

As I said, I grew up watching these baroque-esquely epic, ridiculously exaggerated, delightfully lighthearted shows and videos.

None of that could have prepared me for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.

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Book Review – Cthulhu Armageddon

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Good morning and merry Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Winter’s Solstice! Did you all have a wonderful holiday? I hope you’re having an amazing time on these festive days! 🙂

And to completely change the mood from festive to gorey, I bring you a book review for Cthulhu Armageddon, by C.T. Phipps! He contacted me last month to ask if I would be interested in a review copy of his book and I, being a huge Lovecraft fan, promptly accepted!

So hold on to your seat belts, because this is the darkest, most violent book to be featured on my blog yet!

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Expecto Patronum!

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Good morning, lovely booknebelungcats! I hope you’re potterheads, because today is a great day to be one. Pottermore is the official Harry Potter site with posts from J.K. Rowling herself. In it you can find such interesting things as the Sorting Hat Quiz (if you haven’t taken it yet, go and do it post-haste! I need to know what house you’re in!!) and the wand quiz. There is also plenty of information on every Hogwarts house, every character, and even Ilvermorny, the North American school of wizardry.

And yesterday—just yesterday!—they released a new quiz: the Patronus test!

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My Favourite Twitter Account

As the head of the Philosophy department, I have had many chances to dabble in this most appealing field. One of the things I was shown while I still was a junior bookseller here was what has quickly become my favourite Twitter account: Kim Kierkegaardashian.

Those who have met me in person will know that I have a very… peculiar sense of humour. The kind of humour that appreciates the union of the pessimistic existentialism of Søren Kierkegaard with the vanity of Kim Kardashian. I know it’s not to everyone’s taste, and that not everyone will burst out laughing like I do, but I hope you will at least find them amusing!

And these are my favourite tweets:

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Re-reading Harry Potter

Good morning, lovely bookaholics!

Today, I’d like to talk about a wonderful—if rather unoriginal—topic: Harry Potter!

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Who doesn’t love Harry Potter? Other than Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters, that is. Most people have either read the books or watched the movies, and discussing what Hogwarts or Ilvermorny house you belong to is a much more entertaining topic than going on about the weather. Among the writer’s groups I’m part of, there are few who don’t yearn to replicate J.K. Rowling’s success, regardless of their age or whether they actually like fantasy or not.

What is astounding is that so many people love and are so well-versed in what is often seen as children’s books. It seems like people will always keep talking about Harry PotterAfter all this time? Always—so what is it that keeps us so entranced?

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