End of year

The 2014 end-of-year-in-Japan roundup is up at Néojaponisme. Go check it out!

Something I learned too late to write about: the passing of Roy Andrew Miller. Well, learned too late, and also, what is there to say? I don't think he was right about Altaic, but the very title Japanese and the Other Altaic Languages is a lesson in academic argument.

His work was also one of the most consistent guilty but informative pleasures of the review pages. Just yesterday I ran across the casual yet utterly devastating cruelty of "The volume concludes with a small number of remarkably uninteresting plates" in a 1957 review of The Zhima Funeral Ceremony of the Na-khi of Southwest China, by Joseph F. Rock.

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