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J LHLS Archives: June 2005

Saturday, June 4, 2005

February 9, 2006: UPDATE ON THE NOVEL!
The Lonely Ring Finger (Pre-Order*)
Only the Ring Finger Knows Novel
Author/Artist: Satoru Kannagi, Hotaru Odagiri
ISBN: 1569709041
246 pages
Dimensions: 4 1/8" x 6 3/4"
Release Date: Mar 15, 2006
SRP: $8.95
More info! or Leave a comment!

*Powells has the description wrong, but everything else is right.

End of update.

EDIT 070105: I don't know if it's been announced elsewhere, but Isaac Lew of Digital Manga told editor Ginger Mayerson today at AnimeExpo that the "Only the Ring Finger Knows" novels will be published in May 2006. Lucky us! Thank you, Digital Manga!

Only the Ring Finger Knows
by Satoru Kannagi
Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing

Commentary by Lene Taylor

Why Is Yuichi Kazuki So Mean?

Doesn't that sound like a Japanese country-western song, or maybe an indepdent film title?

This commentary contains plot and character information that might be considered spoilers. Please proceed at your own risk. Or come back after you've read the manga. Thank you. ED [more]

Posted by Lene Taylor @ 09:23 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Gardening Editor, Lynn Loper, struts her stuff.

Posted by Editor @ 04:37 PM PST [Link]

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Snakes and Earrings
by Hitomi Kanehara
translated by David Karashima
Published by Dutton (Penguin Group USA)

Review by Tom Good

When 19-year-old Lui meets a man whose modified tongue is forked like a snake's, she becomes fascinated with the idea of having a tongue like his. She starts with a more conventional tongue piercing, and before long she has fallen into a Tokyo subculture of body modification, tattooing, drinking, sex, and violent crime. Lui narrates her journey in a bored, matter-of-fact manner that reflects her inner emptiness, as in this excerpt:

"I wondered which would be better -- to work as a prostitute to live, or to die rather than work as one? I'd say that latter answer would be the one chosen by the healthy mind, but then again, there's not really anything healthy about being dead. Anyway, they do say that women who are sexually active tend to have a better complexion. Not that I cared if I was healthy or not." [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 02:50 PM PST [Link]

Monday, May 30, 2005

Portland Rain and
(Perfume oils from Escential Oils and Lotions)

Reviews by Tom Good

I live in Portland, so I was curious about what a scent called Portland Rain would smell like. This fresh, clean floral scent brings up images of a light summer rain shower in the Portland Rose Garden. It smells like roses, with a nice powdery finish. I wish every rainy day in Portland smelled this good.

Dream is a cooler, earthier scent that seems to contain vanilla and some spice. Whereas Portland Rain is very floral and feminine, Dream is sensual but could work for either sex. It makes me think of walking through an exotic market full of delicious food and colorful silks.

Escential offers shopping online through their web site, and also has two Portland stores, one at 710 NW 23rd Ave., and the other at 3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd. I have been to both of these stores and they are well organized and inviting, with a variety of bath and skin care products, a large selection of essential and perfume oils, and friendly service. They also offer custom scents on many of their products, with over 130 oils to choose from, so you can design something for yourself. One-half ounce of Portland Rain is a bargain at $11. I do not have price information for Dream, but most of their other perfume oils seem to be between $11 and $18.

Posted by Tom Good @ 02:03 PM PST [Link]

Arcana #1
by So-Young Lee
Published by TOKYOPOP

Review by Tom Good

Inez, a young girl with the power to communicate with animals, is outdoors with her faithful dog Zode when they witness the first snowfall in the land in a hundred years. Then after surviving a terrifying encounter with a demon, Inez wakes up in the Imperial Palace. There she begins to learn of her destiny, which involves her abilities and the ancient race of dragons.

Visually, Arcana has a lot of gender ambiguity. Two of the male characters, Yulan and the Emperor, are both drawn with flowing hair, narrow faces, thin eyebrows, earrings, and dark, full lips. If the text had not specifically said they were male, I would have been fairly certain that they were both women. And several other male characters have a very feminine appearance. On the other hand, the heroine Inez appears with more masculine clothing and posture, and a boyish body. These artistic choices do add to the sense of mystery in the story. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 02:00 PM PST [Link]

11 Paintings (Cross Series/Large-Scale)
6 week exhibit

Townsend Gallery /Tim Yalda
1581 W. Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90041
10am-5pm M-F
weekend hours (call ahead, not sure of exact weekend hours) [more]

Posted by Editor @ 01:51 PM PST [Link]

New Show June 4 2005 -- July 4, 2005

Avenue 50 Studio
131 N. Avenue 50
Highland Park
323 258 1435

Posted by Editor @ 01:46 PM PST [Link]

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