Jason (jcreed) wrote,

Another book I started but haven't finished: "The Man in the High Castle", Philip K. Dick. Generally interesting, though kind of hard to stomach all the racism, and the double-blind what-if conceit seems a tad corny to me, though maybe it wasn't so obvious back in the '60s when the book was written. Its mention of I Ching together with the Golden Compass's (also indirectly "The Girl Who Played Go"'s structure of alternating chapters between first a female and then a male character, mirroring the play of first black (yin, female) then white (yang, male) in Go) got me poking around wikipedia for random stuff about eastern religions, and eventually Taoism in particular. The article on the Tao of Pooh has a link to this great polemic on the inaccuracies of Western views of Taoism. I don't know if the article is, like, accurate or sensible or anything, but it makes for great reading.
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