In Pursuit of Prodigy: The Last Samurai and Me
“Books are the cause of so many bad ideas.”
Kaegi’s Greek Grammar Ἀπολογία Σωκράτους, Apology of Socrates Odysseygood
The Last SamuraiPig Fancier’s Monthly The Seven Samuraibushido Odyssey Kalilah wah Dimnah.
cynosuraκύνωσουρά kuōnouraTLSTLS The Seven Samurai
on n’est pas serieux quand on a dix-sept ans, all
The Last Samurai
The Last SamuraiIf we fought with real swords I would kill you.
Samuel Ashworth's writing has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the Brooklyn Rail, Roads and Kingdoms, and Bookslut. He has been a fellow at the TENT Creative Writing Seminars, and is in the MFA program at George Mason University. He lives in Washington, DC, and is working on a novel about the life and death of an American chef, told in the form of an autopsy. Find him on Twitter at @samuelashworth.
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