This week, I started (and finished) Pamela Paul's most recent book, My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues. Paul is the current editor of the New York Times Book Review, and she's proven to be an adept writer as much as a voracious and passionate reader. This book is for book … Continue reading Weekend inspiration, on why we read and why you should keep a Book of Books
Sam Shepard's death earlier this week provoked a wealth of authors, admirers, and well-wishers to write or remember their experiences with him, including a moving and timely piece from the wonders over at Brainpickings. Sam Shepard was a man who wore many hats, with such talents crossing from author into play-writing and screenwriting, and sometimes … Continue reading Friday Inspiration, from Sam Shepard
A new month is upon us and with it brings new selection of books to read. I'm usually not the type to be so forthcoming and plan ahead my reading schedule (I meander by nature when it comes to books). Books come when and where they do, often without my control or foreknowledge. Occasionally I … Continue reading August 2017 Reading Goals
Arundhati Roy's non-fiction pieces are smart, polemic, and courageous. In her fiction, Roy tackles family dynamics, but her non-fiction tackles governments and big institutions alike. In her book The Cost of Living, there are two essays, one on Big Dams, titled "The Greater Common Good", and other other, titled "The End of Imagination" is on nuclear … Continue reading Weekend Inspiration from Arundhati Roy
I just finished reading Thackeray's most well-known novel Vanity Fair. The question as to whether Thackeray's Vanity Fair is a feminist novel has been sticking in my mind for a while now? And even further, so what constitutes a "feminist" novel? Thackeray's portrayal of women, complicated women makes for a good case: wily Becky Sharp and gentler … Continue reading Was William M. Thackeray a feminist?
Well, June has been an excellent month for reading. I read six books! SIX! That's a whole new record for me. It's put a huge dent in my year-long reading challenge, and I'm five books ahead of schedule, which means I can cool down for July, but I've already got some good books on the … Continue reading July 2017 Reading Goals
This week's inspiration comes from a slim, but dense book by the philosopher and lover Alain Badiou - a borrowed read from some friends who I traveled with and lent to me (merely to lighten their loads but also to inspire). It's called In Praise of Love and it is a thought-provoking and relatively quick read. … Continue reading Friday Inspiration from Alain Badiou