I Can’t Eat!

I have doctor’s orders not to eat. It’s not because I’m sick or anything. I have my annual health checkup tomorrow morning.

In Japan, we’re often required to get a medical checkup every year for our job. It’s a pretty easy process. Basically, I can’t eat anything after 9 pm the night before the checkup. I can only drink water. At the checkup, I first have to pee in a cup for a urine test. That’ll check for things like blood sugar level. Then they take a chest x-ray. After that, there’s height, weight, and measuring the waist. Then it’s on to blood pressure, hearing test, and checking eyesight. Finally, it’s a very brief talk with the doctor about any existing conditions, and listening to the heart and lungs.

If I was 35 or 40 and over, I’d also have to have an ECG and blood test.

If all goes well, I’ll be done quickly, but I can’t guarantee that. I’ll be glad when it’s done.

Journalist Judges Terry Pratchett’s Books Without Reading Any of Them

Jonathan Jones has just shown himself to be a poor journalist. Absolute garbage. He’s an art writer for the Guardian, and he wrote about how Terry Pratchett was just a mediocre writer who he never intends to read, and that a big deal is only being made about him because he died earlier this year. What?

Terry Pratchett is one of the best selling fantasy authors in history! He’s just behind three other authors, who are all heavyweights in fantasy writing: J. R. R. Tolkien, J. K. Rowling, and C. S. Lewis. Even before he died, a big deal was being made about him. His witty satire is some of the best and funniest fantasy I’ve ever read.

Jones says he’s not a literary genius. How does he know? How can he boldly state that without ever reading even one of his books? That’s like an art critic saying he doesn’t like Picasso without even looking at a single painting of his. It’s like saying you don’t like the burgers at Five Guys without ever trying their burgers. You cannot judge something while being totally ignorant of it at the same time.

Honestly, Jonathan Jones should just retract that piece of garbage he calls an article. He chose Terry Pratchett simply because he died this year, and a lot of people made a big deal about it, while other authors recently died and not much was said about them. You see, Gunter Grass was a “true titan of the novel.” Terry Pratchett was not, because…well, just because. Actually, because he thinks that Discworld is just light reading, so it’s not real literature. If he’d actually pick up a Discworld novel and read it, he may find that it’s very intelligent. And it most certainly is. It also tackles a lot of social issues, takes on a lot of different styles, and continues to be very engaging and entertaining. I guess he doesn’t think it’s ambitious writing. It’s lazy writing. Far from it.

It irritates me when someone judges something without actually knowing a single thing about it. Jonathan Jones, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Sam Jordison, another writer for The Guardian, and someone who actually is in the publishing industry, wrote a rebuttal. You can read it here.

What do you think of this situation? And what do you think of Terry Pratchett?