Dosojin are also known as road kami, which are nature spirits that may be better considered as natural occurrences of energy. They are thought to be the protectors of roads. More specifically, they are the protective spirits of borders. They are often represented in Japan as stone markers in which kami dwell. As such, they guard borders and protect travelers from unclean energy by deflecting negative energy and preventing bad encounters.
Archives for July 2015
While I am not a huge fan of antiquarian stores, there are two in Ptown that I really like. One benefit of living here is that one gets to browse these two stores often to find the more interesting items before they are purchased. Today was a gold star day for finds–I found two Ptown books that I could not resist buying and cannot wait to read.
Both books will have to be read very carefully as they are in very good yet delicate condition.
I bought both books from Yesterday’s Treasures, which I recommend checking out.
When gay goes gray, an unspectacular homosexual: Holleran’s The Beauty of Men is a stark, powerful, tour de force of a novel—that is not for the faint of heart or for those who prefer not to look life squarely in the eye. Having read this novel several times many years ago, it remains a touchstone for my own writing.
Holleran’s novel offers a rather early challenge to the mainstream perception of the gay male by offering an unflinching consideration of a middle-aged man, who finds himself living amidst the realities and not merely the idealities of a “gay” life. Along the way, the novel explores themes of interest to us all–loss, loneliness, aging, invisibility, isolation, and the question of dreams as directional or delusional. There are also themes ranging from the AIDS era haunting to the question of gay separatism that speak more specifically to a generational gay male experience.
Apparently, the novel is out of print, but there seem to be a handful of used copies available–grab yours today.