‘ Lotus Eater ‘ is a book by Supercozi that she wrote under the name Cozi Till. It was published on 2005 August 20th from a Japanese publisher Bunyu-sha, A well respected publishing company in Tokyo who also published many artist related books including diaries, autobiographies, essays by Boris Vian ( Manuel de Saint-Germain-des-Pres ), Man Ray ( Autobiography – SELF PORTRAIT ), Izumi Suzuki, Walter Spies ( Bali, Traumlandschaft ), Charles Bukowski ( Bukowski Note ), just name of few. ‘ Lotus Eater ‘ is no exception and it’s a collection of her diary that she wrote and up loaded on MIXI, back-then very popular Japanese SNS.
‘ Lotus Eater ‘ is a term used in Greek mythology which describe lotus as a forbidden fruit, and the one who eat this will forget their home and place they were came from. Also folklore story from ancient China says ‘ Lotus Eater ‘ are the people who lived in the drunken state and dies dreaming.
There are 10 episodes she wrote during 2004 December, and 46 episodes more from 2005 Jan to July, 56 episodes in total.
She portrayed her nomadic lifestyle between festival circuits, her depression period in UK / Devon before she moved to Bali, then personal revelation by becoming a mother and how she handling artistic life style and motherhood, and colorful, inspiring everyday bohemian life in Bali within the international artistic community.
Also she dedicated large part of the book describing the magical charm of Balinese culture, nature, and it’s people which she loved and felt a special bond since her first visit in 1995 to the ‘ island of god ‘.
Supercozi had been a big fan of the publisher and their back catalogues. So she sent first few chapters of ‘ Tokyo Nomad ‘, a fictional novel she was writing in 1996 to the company. Kenichi Yamada, a founder of Bunyu-sha read it and immediately sent her a FAX message, told her that he would like to meet. In their first meeting, he pointed out the her very rough but spirited writing style could be improved while keeping it’s spirit, and encouraged her to finish it. She didn’t finish the novel until years later, but Yamada liked her diary on MIXI and offered her to publish it before she finish the novel. However, the final version of ‘ Tokyo Nomad ‘ didn’t receive his approval and never been published.
Book contain number of photos from her festival circuits days, also collages she made with photos of her everyday life in Bali, also personal chronology from 1999 August ( Burning Man 1999 ) till 2005 July.
Book was published in Japanese only.