Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life introduced me to a genre of literature I didn’t know existed: Zuihitsu. In short, it means occasional writings, random notes.

Wikipedia gives us a more detailed explanation:

Zuihitsu (随筆) is a genre of Japanese literature consisting of loosely connected personal essays and fragmented ideas that typically respond to the author’s surroundings. The name is derived from two Kanji meaning “to follow” and “brush.” The provenance of the term zuihitsu is ultimately Chinese, however, being a transcription of suibi rendered into Japanese as fude ni shitagau (“follow the brush”). Thus works of the genre should be considered not as traditionally planned literary pieces but rather as casual or randomly recorded thoughts by the authors.

I have had several ideas for blogs over the years yet difficulty starting out of fear of committing to a subject matter. Follow The Brush allows me to function more naturally, sharing my thoughts on the various scenarios and topics I mull over throughout the day, week, month, and year.




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