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Daily perchings of mind.
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Quid hoc est

Scribo ergo sum, as one writer would have it. To this I would add 'You are what you eat' and 'The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.'

When my mind and eyes are not lingering on remnants of centuries past, I like to think about these two basic things - sustenance and communication - as well as our choices behind them. I am at once a picky eater and a gluttonous linguist: I prefer some foods and avoid certain others for various reasons (all to be revealed in good time), but language-learning is my all-you-can-eat.

Here I translate my sporadic musings on language, diet and other interests into verbal record, free of the academic conventions that normally shape my writing and thinking during the day. Occasionally I also share findings or self-reflections from my historical work (sometimes, reality was stranger and more fascinating than fiction). And since I'm rather bored of chronological sequences, I've done away with order and plan to keep this a non-chronological repository of posts for now.

If you find anything here intriguing and would like to have a conversation about it, feel free to drop me a line at jinwooc@princeton.edu.