Maya Angelou writes a letter to her younger self

In continuation of the theme of home and belonging, explored a little in my earlier post on Jeanette Winterson, I came across a beautiful letter from Maya Angelou, on the reliably inspirational Brainpickings, written to her younger self. Angelou's letter reminds the reader that no matter how bad things can go in life, there is always a … Continue reading Maya Angelou writes a letter to her younger self

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Karl Ove Knausgaard on the most interesting thing he learned from a book

Last weekend's New York Times Book Review interviewed with the Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard, author most-famously of the 6-part autobiographical series My Struggle and the recently released Autumn, for their By the Book section. Every week authors answer bookish questions, such as "What's your favorite book?", or "What books are on your nightstand now?", among others. Here is my favorite … Continue reading Karl Ove Knausgaard on the most interesting thing he learned from a book

Bibliotherapy and whether reading can making you happier

I'm quite content to mimic some readers, Virginia Woolf included, and take pride in my seemingly serendipitous and spontaneous choices of books. I like to think that books have a way of coming and going in your life, knowing full well though, that books can mean different things to people at any stage of their … Continue reading Bibliotherapy and whether reading can making you happier