『The Moè Manifesto』
（Patrick W. Galbraith 著）
では今月の1冊目。Patrick W. Galbraithの「The Moè Manifesto」。Moè＝萌えです。マンガ、アニメ、ゲームなどの世界を題材にし、写真もたっぷり掲載された基本的にはインタビュー本です。萌え文化自体について学べますし、何よりも語彙を増やすことができます。書き出しはこういう感じ。
“Are you familiar with Japanese moè relationships, where socially dysfunctional men develop deep emotional attachments to body pillows with women painted on them?” asks James Franco, guest starring on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock in January 2010. Later in the episode, the actor is shown holding a pillow with an anime girl crudely drawn on it. Franco calls her Kimiko. Viewers cannot suppress their laughter.
The laughter comes from a growing worldwide awareness of Japanese popular culture, including the antics of some of the more extreme fans of manga, anime, and games. Just as anime and manga are understood to be distinct from cartoons and comics, fans of anime and manga are in a category of their own; otaku. While talking about moè, Franco offers a concise description of otaku; “socially dysfunctional men” who are entirely too attached to fictional girl characters.
『Magic for Beginners』
（Kelly Link 著）
今月の2冊目は、Kelly Linkの「Magic for Beginners」。短編集です。(面白そうなので買ってきましたが、翻訳出てましたｗ）スリップストリーム（SF/ファンタジーなどの非主流文学とか主流（メインストリーム）の純文学といった型にはまったジャンルの境界を越えた、一種の幻想文学もしくは非リアリスティックな文学のことである。伴流文学、変流文学、境界解体文学とも言われる）という世界らしい。柴田元幸氏が翻訳しているので、和訳で読んでもいいかも。原文はこんな感じ。
This is a story about being lost in the woods.
This guy Soap is at a party out in the suburbs. The thing you need to know about Soap is that he keeps a small framed oil painting in the trunk of his car. The painting is about the size of a paperback novel. Wherever Soap goes, this oil painting goes with him. But he leaves the painting in the trunk of his car, because you don’t walk around a party carrying a painting. People will think you’re weird.
Soap doesn’t know anyone here. He’s crashed the party, which is what he does now, when he feels lonely. On weekends, he just drives around the suburbs until he finds one of those summer twilight parties that are so big that they spill out onto the yard.