Interview #70

Book Corner: “胡思亂想很有用:吉竹伸介的靈感筆記” by Yoshitake Shinsuke

Kim | woment

Written and Images by Kim @woment
Translation by Wendy Yiu

A book is like a friend. We understand the world and life, or even observe ourselves through texts, and have a deep realization of oneself that we are not alone. PMQ invites different people from design and culture sectors to recommend a book, so that you can enrich yourselves as book therapy.

Why would you recommend this book?

Kim: When random ideas come to mind, we will try to sort them out. Hong Kong people are usually very practical and they want all ideas to be constructive and profitable. So I tend to put away silly or random thoughts, for sounding like an adult and acting mature.

It wasn't until I read this book by Japanese writer Shinsuke Yoshitake, I was finally relieved from holding this thought. His creation notes are full of his random thoughts. I come to realize that creativity can be pure and simple, and there may not be a reason for everything. There are many interesting illustrations in the book, and the picture book I have always loved is also the work of Mr. Yoshitake.

His picture books are for children but they are also meaningful to adults. Like 《討厭的人都跌倒吧》, it taught me how to deal with emotions and it makes me happy after reading it. There exists an inner child in me of which I have been ignoring. Innocence can be a source of positivity. Whenever I have some random thoughts now, I will just learn to appreciate this lovely me.

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