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“Absolute Master: Lee Oisoo’s Confrontation Method for Life”

Lee Oisoo, who has now passed away, was an author who, despite his advanced age, actively engaged with the younger generation, even creating new slang terms used by them. He had a unique style that resonated with younger audiences.

Often referred to as a “guru” figure, Lee Oisoo even appeared on educational television programs, introducing himself as a guru. He once said, “There are actions that I consider guru-like. In Korea, if you say you’re going to write, draw, or make music, people dismiss it as futile. They say you’ll be cold and hungry. But for 30 years, I’ve been writing without starving my wife and children. That’s the epitome of a guru.”

“Controversial author, Lee Oisoo”

Lee Oisoo faced several controversies. Unlike other conventional authors, he received criticism for using internet slang and jargon, which didn’t sit well with traditionalists.

There were also debates about the amount of whitespace in his books, with some questioning whether there was too much. Occasionally, the pages seemed almost empty, sparking discussions about whether this was intentional.

However, not every book needs to be densely packed with content. Depending on the message, theme, and tone, the format can vary.

Ultimately, what matters is effectively communicating the intended message, writing what people want to read, and presenting it appealingly.

“A book compiling Lee Oisoo’s various stories with illustrations”

Lee Oisoo’s book, “Absolute Master,” doesn’t delve into heavy topics but rather compiles brief thoughts on everyday life. As a result, it contains more whitespace compared to other books, and the content isn’t overly weighty.

Although the writings are brief, they are not lacking in substance. They effectively convey numerous sentiments and reflections from daily life.

Some memorable excerpts from the book include:

  • “The sun has no master. You are the center of the universe, the owner.”
  • “The characteristic of people with emotional exhaustion – they are overly attached to the physical and material.”
  • “When you’re young, try not to avoid failure and despair if possible.”
  • “The statement that one is selfish is synonymous with saying one is not human.”

“Wedding,” which currently means “marriage” in English, once meant “gambling.” The word “Wedding” originated from the Old English word “Weddian,” meaning “to wager on a racehorse.”

Perhaps, in the past, people regarded marriage as something akin to gambling.

This book, with its ample whitespace, is easily accessible. Lee Oisoo’s succinct writings complement the illustrations by Jung Taeryun well. It’s neither too heavy nor too light, making it a book that appeals to those looking for emotional stimulation during their solitary moments.

“Absolute Master: Lee Oisoo’s Confrontation Method for Life”