Good stuff, Ceres. It's hard to take it all in at once, this being the first time I have looked at this Thread. I will get back to you with specific commentry.
It is a joyful thing indeed to hold intimate converse with a man after one’s own heart, chatting without reserve about things of interest or the fleeting topics of the world; but such, alas, are few and far between.
– Yoshida Kenko (1283-1350), Tsurezure-Gusa (1340)