Digital Zuihitsu [Medium]

The Pillow Book, Peter Greenaway

A writer friend of mine asked me what I knew about Zuihitsu. I sent her the following link in response and told her just to google it. Luckily, she has a sense of humour. But because she’d asked me, because she wanted my opinion, and because she’d rather cleverly dangled in front of me the fact that Zuihitsu is a Japanese form of writing; my curiosity got the better of me.

So, I googled it.

Then, I had a look on Wikipedia.

Let’s face it, whenever you say you’re going to ‘look into’ something these days, what you really mean is that you’re going to google it, look it up on Wikipedia, and then spend the rest of your time chasing down rabbit trails until you’re distracted by the next shiny thing that grabs your attention and you’ve forgotten what you were searching for in the first place. Before you extol the virtues of Wikipedia (of which there are many), or argue about its flaws (of which there are many), I just want to say in its defence that one time when I looked the Wikipedia entry for the meaning of life was flagged as being ‘in need of attention from an expert on the subject.’ I’m still laughing now.

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