28 Nov 2021
In his recent article in Contemporary Theories of Cultivation, Lan (2019) sets out to study the correlation between instrument choice and outcomes in the liberation of spirits. While his main thesis appears sound, his decision to limit the study to the qin, dizi, xiao and pipa undermines his conclusions.
This decision falls prey to the fallacy that tradition cannot be questioned. It ignores, too, the fact that many practising cultivators will encounter spirits that will have no exposure to such “expectations.” In a small study comparing the use of a dizi with a theremin—undoubtedly a non-traditional choice—the theremin produced optimal outcomes in liberating spirits where: time since death was less than 6 months; spirit was younger than 25 and older than 17 at time of death; or spirit motivation included aspects of revenge. The conclusions reached in Lan (2019), while providing a foundation for future study, are therefore as yet incomplete.
Cultivation Studies, Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University
Lan Wangji, Wei Wuxian, and musical cultivation: a love story, told through academic articles, emails, texts, and videos.
“Hyung!” Jungkook calls, not looking up as he toes his shoes off. “Do you still have some dak maeuntang in the fridge?”
There’s a shuffling and a thump of feet and then another thump of feet and some awkward laughter and Jungkook realises he’s walked in on — something. Something he probably doesn’t want to see.
He looks up anyway.
14 Sep 2020
(A talking-head interview. JIN ZIXUN, 36, entrepreneur.)
JZX: Oh, yeah, he’s a fucking catch, alright. He’s rich, he’s hot, he’s a Lan. Like, he’s been ranked number two among the local bachelors for years, and now that his brother’s seeing someone, he’s number one, right? So, yeah, of course I want to win.
Offscreen voice: Do you know anything else about him, besides that he’s rich and hot?
JZX: (shrugging) What else is there to know?
In which Lan Wangji agrees, reluctantly, to be The Bachelor, only to fall in love with Wei Wuxian, his cameraman/producer. Can the Bachelor find his way to a happy ending? And will The Bachelor: Lan Wangji be a ratings hit?
- Part 1 of The MDZS Bachelor Universe
02 Sep 2020
He doesn’t regret— no. Start over. He would do it again.
He thinks, sometimes, about how it had gone, when he cannot distract himself any longer with calligraphy exercises or trying to grow increasingly exotic plants behind the jingshi. He runs through the sequence of events again and again, wearing a groove in them, the way he had once recited the clan rules.
When the Wens come for Lotus Pier, Lan Wangji jumps in front of a blast intended for Wei Wuxian and loses his core.
31 Aug 2020
Four years after Wei Wuxian quit the music industry, ruined one of the most important relationships in his life, and helped bring the biggest company in the region crashing down—not in that order—life has settled into some semblance of a routine. Unfortunately, the universe hates him and nothing can ever go the way he plans. It starts with the guitar, and it just keeps getting worse.
Or, a band AU, mostly.