Franz Kafka - Letters to Felice. “Once again I have told you so little, and have asked no questions, and once again I must close. But not a single answer and, even more certainly, not a single question shall be lost. There exists some kind of sorcery by which two people, without seeing each other, without talking to each other, can at least discover the greater part about each other’s past, literally in a flash, without having to tell each other all and everything; but this, after all, is almost an instrument of Black Magic (without seeming to be) which, although never without reward, one would certainly never resort to with impunity. Therefore I won’t say it, unless you guess it first. It is terribly short, like all magic formulas. Farewell, and let me reinforce this greeting by lingering over your hand.”
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i'm sat listening to taylor swift's new album and 4 songs in, i'm loving it! i spent the day making brownies and sitting in the sun with my best friend, i can't wait to enjoy the little bit of sun this bank holiday weekend. this also may be one of my favourite photos i've ever taken. i'm feeling very positive at the moment if you couldn't tell ❤❤ i'm also so grateful for this community and how open and welcoming everyone is. about a week ago it was my 7 month anniversary here and with each passing month i feel more loved and at home here.
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“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”
2,9722619 August, 2019
Jane Austen - Mansfield Park. “Oh! Do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.”
3,045616 August, 2019
Zadie Smith - White Teeth. ‘It's a funny thing about the modern world. You hear girls in the toilets of clubs saying, "Yeah, he fucked off and left me. He didn't love me. He just couldn't deal with love. He was too fucked up to know how to love me." Now, how did that happen? What was it about this unlovable century that convinced us we were, despite everything, eminently lovable as a people, as a species? What made us think that anyone who fails to love us is damaged, lacking, malfunctioning in some way? And particularly if they replace us with a god, or a weeping madonna, or the face of Christ in a ciabatta roll---then we call them crazy. Deluded. Regressive. We are so convinced of the goodness of ourselves, and the goodness of our love, we cannot bear to believe that there might be something more worthy of love than us, more worthy of worship. Greeting cards routinely tell us everybody deserves love. No. Everybody deserves clean water. Not everybody deserves love all the time.’
I recently read this book by Khalid hosseini and I must say I enjoyed it! He is wonderful writer and I would definitely recommend it. All I found as a drawback was I found my attention diverting while reading as I thought the sceneries were all over the place but that is just my personal experience .
Happy reading to u guys!
Genre: Mystery Crime
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The bones of three young women are unearthed in the basement of a Montreal pizza parlor, and forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan has unsolved murder on her mind as she examines the shallowly buried remains.
It's a summer of sizzling heat in Charlotte where Dr. Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for the North Carolina medical examiner, looks forward to her first vacation in years. A romantic vacation. She's almost out the door when the bones start appearing.
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"While I peered into the mirror to make sure I did not have lipstick stains on my teeth, Rotimi leaned forward and pressed a thumb against my upper lip. I watched as she took her hand towards her mouth, expecting her to suck on the thumb, but instead she traced her lower lip, imitating the way I’d worked the lipstick." Yejide in Stay With Me. Page 274.
This book is pretty wow. It’s an interesting insight into the world of fashion and modelling, with some mention of the terrible way clothes are manufactured, though it is not a main focus of the novel. Jana is awesome and I felt so protective of her as she got caught up in the pressures and stress of the fashion industry. It’s funny and sad and actually uplifting - the end is an aspiration for how the fashion industry should be. Last summer I read Misfit by Charli Howard, which is her own story about her experience within the fashion industry, and Jana’s experience fairly matches up, except Howard describes waaaaaaaay more of a pressure to be thin. I felt this was slightly glossed over in the wake of other subjects, which were afforded more time, though I do support this! If you read this and like this, give Misfit a try.
The publishers say this is 14+ but, like they did with Clean, they’ve gone too young and I’d definitely rate it 16+
Innovation is the most important driver of growth. Today, more than ever, companies need to innovate to survive. But successful innovation—measured in dollars and cents—is a very hard target to hit.
Companies obsess over being creative and innovative and spend significant time and expense in designing and building products, yet struggle to monetize them: 72% of innovations fail to meet their financial targets—or fail entirely. Many companies have come to accept that a high failure rate, and the billions of dollars lost annually, is just the cost of doing business.
Monetizing Innovations argues that this is tragic, wasteful, and wrong.
Radically improving the odds that your innovation will succeed is just a matter of removing the guesswork. That happens when you put customer demand and willingness to pay in the driver seat—when you design the product around the price. It’s a new paradigm, and that opens the door to true game change: You can stop hoping to monetize, and start knowing that you will.
Genre - self help
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Guys, how is 2019 going for you?
Personally, this year has been shaping up to be really great. It keeps bringing more sunshine than rain. ✨
And @bbwbooksph , you are one of the beautiful highlights of my 2019. I’ve had the most fun doing these entries for #BBW19LovesCebu . You bring me (and all Cebuano bookworms) so much joy in the past few days; you warm my bookworm heart, I am immensely grateful. 💕🔥
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Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
312 hours ago
#Accaddeoggi ♦ il 24 agosto 1899 a Buenos Aires nasce Jorge Luis Borges♦
📍 ATTENZIONE: nel prossimo post parleremo brevemente solo dell' #Aleph
👉Considerato uno dei massimi letterati e pensatori del #'900, Borges è un profondo amante della #letteratura . Jorge eredita questa passione dai suoi antenati, in massima parte studiosi e militari.
1923. Borges, già autore con all'attivo delle pubblicazioni poetiche.
1931 incontra #ElsaMillan la donna con cui intreccia il suo destino e che sposerà ben quarant'anni dopo. Il poeta e la sua musa entrano prepotentemente nell'immaginario collettivo. Tutti sognano un'unione così profonda, un matrimonio di anime e intelletti.
Nel frattempo, #Borges continua a pubblicare diverse raccolte di versi come "Quaderno San Martin".
Sull'autore, però, pende un dispetto del destino: La vista peggiora giorno dopo giorno fino a che, negli anni '50, non la perde del tutto. Lo stato prima di semi-cecità e poi di #cecità totale, non abbattono lo #scrittore che, anzi, riesce a trarne ispirazione.
La malattia viene sublimata, utilizzata per volgere lo sguardo "oltre" e funge da nuovo motore creativo.
Borges giunge infine a una nuova interpretazione della #storia ; essa è una menzogna universale, un triste inganno a cui siamo sottoposti dalla nascita.
1938. Borges perde il padre e, successivamente, ha un incidente che ha come conseguenza la setticimia. L'Argentino però non si abbatte e fa tesoro anche di queste esperienze.
Nel 1944 viene pubblicata la raccolta "Finzioni" e nel 1949 vengono raccolti e pubblicati i racconti dell' "Aleph". Qualche anno dopo, Borges riveste la carica di direttore delle #BibliotecaNazionale e commenta:- "Una sublime ironia avermi dotato di 800000 libri e, al tempo stesso, delle tenebre."
Muore nel 1986. Al suo fianco c'è la seconda moglie #MariaKodama .
912 hours ago
Well it's been a week since I've completed this wonderful novel (don't mind the condition it's been around for decades...(literally) Lol. ----The Mayor of Casterbridge- Thomas Hardy.----
••Some of my favourite quotes:
. 🦋Some folks want their luck buttered. .
🦋 Life is an oasis which is submerged in the swirling waves of sorrows and agonies.
. 🦋It was part of his nature to expect nothing and live on as one of his own accusers. .
@annie_the_book_slayer tagged me in this new and unique challenge she has created, that I absolutely love. Such a great idea. I love horror films, so a horror film themed challenge is right up my street! If you are tagged, feel free to try it or feel free to ignore. No pressure.
The film choice is perfect as well, as I had this poster to hand.🔪
What’s your favourite horror film??? Mine is probably one of these:
The Shining (1980)
The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
It Follows (2014)
Get Out (2017)
A Quiet Place (2018)
Have you read any of these?
•How To Be Right by James O’Brien
•A Short History Of The Shadow by Victor I. Stoichita
•Picturing The Beast by Steve Baker
•The Devil In The Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson
•The Penelopiad by Margaret Attwood
•Man And His Symbols by Carl G. Jung
اے گردش ایام ہمیں رنج بہت ہے
کچھ خواب تھے ایسے کہ بکھرنے کے نہیں تھے
7123 August, 2019
It started so well. Brilliant, magical and metaphysical. Fifteen year old boy running away from home,a man who talks to cats, a bunch of school children who have a mysterious accident on a school trip, leeches and fishes raining from the sky. Everything hinted at some magical realm and a surreal world the author was going to transport us to. I read the book in a frenzy, eager to know the whole of it.
But sad to say, I believe I am one of Murakami ‘s detractors. Everything I mentioned above was touched upon but never fully explained. The story turns into an Oedipus Complex tale. That is one thing I really hate. The 15 year old ‘s father reveals a prophecy that he would fall prey to Oedipus curse . But we are not even sure the 50 year old woman to his 15 years is his biological parent. The boy puts two and two together and rationalises that she could be his runaway mother. Yet that does not stop him having a relationship with her.
I am not sure why we had this horrific scene about cats being tortured.
The novel is full of loose strands. There is no reason why so many things happen. The metaphors? I found it hard to relate to them. Half the time I was not sure if the mega events unfolding was for real or in someone’s imagination.
22222 August, 2019
THE COSMIC PUPPETS (1957) by Philip K. Dick.
One of Dick's lesser-known early novels, so short it's nearly a novella, but well worth a read - and full of the weirdness that became his hallmark.
The protagonist visits his childhood small town Millgate, and finds an alternate-reality version of it - where he no longer should be alive.
Millgate has split in two - the town he remembers, and the different, decaying version that seems to have replaced it. (Or has it?)
Eventually it becomes evident that Millgate is the battleground of two vast, competing forces - one good, the other one evil...
Parts of this novel are reminiscent of Stephen King (if King had known how to write with fewer words) - an American small town haunted by a great supernatural evil, kids with magical powers... but it's unmistakably a Philip K. Dick story.
I wish more novels were as brief as this one! Perhaps the ending is a bit weak, and the story is a little too simplistic, but the novel as a whole works and would make a pretty good Urban Fantasy movie.
Recommended for its entertainment value.
3008 May, 2019
A MAZE OF DEATH (1970) by Philip K. Dick.
This is "metaphysical fiction" disguised as science fiction, and is probably the finest novel Dick ever wrote - it's also one of his bleakest.
A group of dysfunctional people are stranded on a weird, hostile planet where some unknown force or evil kills them off one by one... while they try to find salvation in a religion that doesn't exist in our reality.
For this novel Dick invented a whole fictional theology, and readers might object: Why bother making up a religion when there are plenty of real ones?
I think the fictional religion makes it easier to deal with matters of metaphysics and faith, as it doesn't clash with real dogmas and belief systems. (It's also pretty funny.)
I really like A MAZE OF DEATH. I would even call it one of the truly great SF novels. Every time I read the story, I discover something new.
Dick also succeeds in making each character distinct - but despite their deep flaws, most of them are depicted with compassion. There is no "villain" in this novel.
Even so, A MAZE OF DEATH is not for everyone. Recommended for readers who are open to books that mess with their minds.
The late Umberto Eco followed up his bestseller THE NAME OF THE ROSE with this thriller. It's great, very clever fun. (Eat your heart out, Dan Brown!) .
The plot: Three friends work for a vanity publisher. They receive many manuscripts about crazy conspiracy theories and occult ideas... and this inspires them to start a game: to combine all existing conspiracy theories into the Ultimate Secret Plot to uncover the Ultimate Occult Secret.
It's just an intellectual game... but after a while the borders between play and paranoid delusion start to blur. And they realize that there might be real secret societies that are on to them...
I won't spoil the plot twist, but getting there is half the fun of this very enjoyable (albeit long-winded) novel. Heartily recommended! .
H.G. Wells created themes that have since become cornerstones of the SF genre: time machines, space invasion and the effects of evolution. .
He also seems to have created an unwritten of rule science fiction: Specify the future date of the story, and assume a linear model of time where one event leads to another. (That obsession with precise dates is big headache for SF writers; it's like putting a "Best Before" date on your work!) .
In THE TIME MACHINE, the reader is told exactly how far into future the protagonist travels (we take that for granted now!), and is shown the direct consequences of Darwinian evolution on the human race. It's not a pretty picture.
It is a bleak and tragic story with a vast scope - humanity's ultimate fate and the death of the Earth - but it works, the writing is beautiful and the story still packs a punch. Wells had an amazing talent for creating very clear images of things that do not exist - and he made it seem simple. .
Recommended for everyone. .
(NOTE: You can listen to a free Public Domain audiobook of THE TIME MACHINE on Librivox.org .) .