История, първо открадната, а после подарена от Иван Добчев в една кръчма в Нормандия, за това как дядо му Иван, кавалерист в 3 войни, с орден за храбрИстория, първо открадната, а после подарена от Иван Добчев в една кръчма в Нормандия, за това как дядо му Иван, кавалерист в 3 войни, с орден за храброст, на стари години с мъка се качвал на магарето, скришно, със столче, придържано от бабата, и как веднъж магарето мръднало, и той паднал.
Бях малък и се разсмях, а дядо ми се разплака.
Това е историята.
Когато чух това стихотворение на презентацията на книгата за пръв път, в главата ми изникна сцената на умиращия Марлон Брандо като Дон Корлеоне насред доматите и смеха на малкото момченце. Невероятна сцена в историята на киното. И живописен стих.
OK… This book is not as bad as "It" by Alexa Chung and not as good as "Luella’s Guide To English Style" by Luella Bartley. (The latter I consider a maOK… This book is not as bad as "It" by Alexa Chung and not as good as "Luella’s Guide To English Style" by Luella Bartley. (The latter I consider a masterpiece in the genre, even more so after reading the other ones.) We shouldn’t be very harsh when approaching these kinds of books. After all we are looking for a light, undemanding read and something visually pleasurable. We should approach with the right set of expectations. If you enjoy it and don’t have the feeling you are losing you time, it’s ok. And truly, the first half is cool in the fashion dedicated pages and entertaining in the comparisons between parties in Paris and in New York and how it is at fashion week. (I haven’t read Doré’s blog previously, so I didn’t mind if that was already published – it was all new to me.) By the end however it gets annoying. I didn’t like that cheeky way of talking to the reader, and I didn’t really care about her love life, the light-hearted stuff bordered with the infantile, and the interviews were straight dull. What is more, the personal bits that she shares are so safe, it is as bad as a presidential autobiography. ...more
В „Уна & Селинджър“ Бегбеде рискува да си навлече раздразнението на цял сегмент читатели, които може би биха изревнували някой да докосва толковаВ „Уна & Селинджър“ Бегбеде рискува да си навлече раздразнението на цял сегмент читатели, които може би биха изревнували някой да докосва толкова интимно техните кумири. Бегбеде смело борави с исторически фигури от близкото минало, като освен двамата от заглавието, въвлича още Чаплин, Хемингуей, Труман Капоти, Юджин О' Нийл, Орсън Уелс, споменава Фитцджералд и Гертруд Щайн и други, които сега не мога да си спомня. Въобще става една псевдо-интелектуална оргия. „Псевдо“ защото задоволява същото воайорско любопитство към личния живот на големите, с което играе жълтата преса днес. А когато обект са едни крайно дискретни дори потайни личности, се освобождава място за спекулации. Въпреки това, спекулациите на Бегбеде за любовите на Уна и преживяванията на Селинджър са човечни, нежни и уважителни. Все пак това са и неговите кумири. Не би си позволил да е нахален, вулгарен или непочтителен. И макар оргията да има конотацията за разврат, тя има още конотация за удоволствие. „Уна & Селинджър“ е страшно приятна за четене. По-изкуствените диалози се редуват с на моменти брилянтни прозрения и силни картини от Втората световна. Колкото повече читателят е запознат с животите на героите и събитията от този период, толкова повече ще оцени споделянето на различни детайли от тези животи, а може и да научи нещо ново.
As Byrne’s lyrics are characterized with slightly removed “anthropologist from Mars” view of human relationships, the same can be said about his generAs Byrne’s lyrics are characterized with slightly removed “anthropologist from Mars” view of human relationships, the same can be said about his general view on music. He is impartial, open-minded, analytical and very much down to earth. Unlike many musicians (ironically mostly the dullest pop singers) who tend to talk about music as if it is nuclear physics, or something so spiritual that is virtually incomprehensible to a non-musician; the craziest, far-fetched metaphors cannot begin to describe the process of making music. No. Byrne is refreshingly unpretentious and a living proof that the more you know about music, the less snobbish you are.
How to Age explores the preconceptions of and prejudices against old age and is concerned with the social aspects (historical, economic, cultural). ThHow to Age explores the preconceptions of and prejudices against old age and is concerned with the social aspects (historical, economic, cultural). The author explains how we got to where we are in terms of assumptions as a society. I was expecting the advice section (influenced by another book from the School of Life series I just finished) but it never came. The pieces of advice are there but they are very subtle and spread throughout. Overall How to Age is an intelligent and informative read that offers a healthy change of perspective. The main point it argues - Aging is a process, and not a crisis.
There is something symbolic in the fact that Bukowski can happen in LA. It's not really ironic or controversial - it's desperation in a desperate placThere is something symbolic in the fact that Bukowski can happen in LA. It's not really ironic or controversial - it's desperation in a desperate place. However his is one of the most inspirational lives I know of. And it is a life with а happy ending. Which is rare, almost impossible. Or as I see it, it's a tutorial on how to lead a good one. Honestly, I think he led an exemplary life and I think of him when in need of inspiration, courage or moral support. This is why I read him. Bukowski is a reliable man. ...more
This is enjoyable to browse though and a lovely birthday present, which it was for me.
I like Alexa Chung as there is nothing not to like. I know she iThis is enjoyable to browse though and a lovely birthday present, which it was for me.
I like Alexa Chung as there is nothing not to like. I know she is always on top of the best-dressed lists and it would be fun to see how she developed her style. IT tries to indulge into that but quite superficially. The pictures in the book and the subjects, I found somewhat random. There is no concept of it all and it’s like I’m going through Alexa’s tumblr page. If there is anything I will steal from this book, it will be wearing red lipstick when flying. I liked the idea of a glamorous look at the airport.
Interesting because of the subject itself, but I found it chaotic and fragmented and by the last chapter – enraging. After this book, I officially disInteresting because of the subject itself, but I found it chaotic and fragmented and by the last chapter – enraging. After this book, I officially dislike Mr. Johnson on a personal level, and distrust him as a historian. He makes bizarre value judgements and throws opinions as facts. If his evaluations of events I have opinion on are so absurd, even horrifying, I find it hard to respect his views on the subjects I know nothing or little about. He has been on the wrong side of history far too many times. He is talking affectionately about Reagan, George W. Bush and destroys Jimmy Carter (one of the reasons – he wore sweaters in the White House). He has “defended Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal, finding his cover-up considerably less heinous than Bill Clinton's perjury”; professed himself unimpressed by Nelson Mandela, and...
"And I like that lady—Sarah Palin. She's great. I like the cut of her jib." The former governor of Alaska, he says, "is in the good tradition of America, which this awful political correctness business goes against." Plus: "She's got courage. That's very important in politics. You can have all the right ideas and the ability to express them. But if you haven't got guts, if you haven't got courage the way Margaret Thatcher had courage—and Reagan, come to think of it. Your last president had courage too—if you haven't got courage, all the other virtues are no good at all. It's the central virtue."
Ross King’s Brunelleschi’s Dome offers a profound understanding of Renaissance Florence. It focuses on a single event – the construction of the dome oRoss King’s Brunelleschi’s Dome offers a profound understanding of Renaissance Florence. It focuses on a single event – the construction of the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore, however through it is revealed a larger picture of the morals, customs, dynamics of society, the atmosphere and the state of the art during this particular time frame. Along with the details on the construction, many peculiar, entertaining and sometimes outrageous stories are intertwined in the narrative and namely those I found immensely fascinating. Very skilfully Ross King transports the reader to one of the most prosperous cities in Europe by the early 1400s, lets him walk the streets of Florence among artists, artisans, philanthropists, members of the guilds and allows him to witness decisions of public interest being made, rivalries between artists, political feuds, wars, and plagues. In this way, we can see what was known in the world of architecture, engineering, sculpture, warfare, etc. by that point and appreciate the innovative steps. I read the book before my trip to Florence and reread most of it after I came back. Now I value it even more.
A couple of people here said that the most fascinating historical period, in this book is presented in a dry and unexciting manner. “He takes a very eA couple of people here said that the most fascinating historical period, in this book is presented in a dry and unexciting manner. “He takes a very exciting and interesting historical era and makes it snooze.“ “Johnson offers an unimaginative and superficial history, with insidious signs of haste.” My eyebrows shot up. I only dream at school they thought us of the Renaissance this boring. I found it well written, engaging and with some insight. Organizing the themes by chapters is apt and convenient. I particularly enjoyed Part 2 The Renaissance in Literature and Scholarship. The influence of Dante and Chaucer, Boccaccio and Petrarch, Machiavelli and Erasmus to the advancement of culture and society is well explained and illuminated. Perhaps if I had read that at school I wouldn’t hate Dante’s Inferno so much. The biggest merit of it though is the selection of events and characters to be presented. I am sure thousands of PhD thesis and millions of pages are written on each of the names mentioned here and to choose what to include and leave out demands critical thinking and discipline. Overall, it is a good book for what it is and helped a lot for making my trip to Florence more meaningful.
Having said that, I’ll admit I have some concerns in connection to Mr. Johnson body of work. He has written books on Churchill, the Jews, Christianity, Socrates, Napoleon, George Washington, Darwin, Stalin, Ireland, Egypt, the papacy, to mention just a few. People usually dedicate their lives to one historical period and this guy is all over the place. My suspicions were justified in the next book of his that I've read - Heroes: From Alexander the Great & Julius Caesar to Churchill & de Gaulle, in which he makes bizarre value judgements and throws opinions as facts.
“One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been”, begins The Power Broker. And it ends with a question. A bitter question in th “One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been”, begins The Power Broker. And it ends with a question. A bitter question in the minds of Moses’ disciples - “RM was right as usual. Couldn’t people see what he has done? Why weren’t they grateful?” In-between there is the whole life of a complicated individual, his highs and lows in terms of morals, achievement, power, reputation, creativeness. An individual so influential that his personal/professional ventures are intertwined with those of a city. Robert Moses reigned New York for 44 years – from 1924 to 1968. The Power Broker came out in 1974 – a time when NYC was falling and failing on a massive scale. “Dirty, dangerous, and destitute. This was New York City in the 1970s. … Economically, stagnation coupled with inflation created a sense of malaise. The Arab Oil Embargo of 1973 delivered another blow to the U.S. economy, and brought the misery of long lines to buy gasoline. Conditions in Harlem and Bed-Stuy were horrendous, with abandoned buildings and widespread poverty. The subways were covered everywhere with ugly graffiti and they were unreliable. It seemed as if the entire infrastructure was in decay. Political corruption, sloppy accounting, and the cost of the war were killing the city. Times Square, the crossroads of the world, was seedy and sleazy. Pimps, hookers, and drug dealers owned the night there. Crime was rampant, and the police were powerless to stop it. Random killings by the “Son of Sam” made New Yorkers even more fearful. The parks were in decay, with litter and bare lawns, and it was home to muggers and rapists. When the proud City of New York had to beg the Federal Government for a financial bail-out, the President said no. The Daily News headline said it all: “Ford to City – Drop Dead”.
“The 1970s are regarded by some as New York's nadir. The city had become notorious the world over for high rates of crime and other social disorders.”, says Wikipedia.
… You know there is a ten year delay in the Soviet Union for the delivery of an automobile. And only one out of seven families in the Soviet Union own… You know there is a ten year delay in the Soviet Union for the delivery of an automobile. And only one out of seven families in the Soviet Union own automobiles. There is a 10 year wait, and you go through quite a process when you are ready to by, and then you put up the money in advance. This man laid down the money, and the fellow in charge said to him: Come back in 10 years and get your car. The man answered: Morning or afternoon?
(big pause for laughter)
And the fellow behind the counter said: Ten years from now, what difference does it make? And he said: Well, the plumber is coming in the morning.
Throughout this book, I was thinking of bits and pieces from my childhood under the Regime. I have to admit it was nice to hear of Sofia and Bulgaria (not so nice to hear of Georgi Dimitrov) being mentioned as we are so often left out of world history. At times though I was picturing the famous Thatcher - Reagan dance viewing it as the other extreme. Godless communism vs. ruthless capitalism. Stalin’s quote “When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope we use" sums it up perfectly.
A great little book that clarified lots of issues for me and made me even more aware of the current ulta-right tendencies. The attitude of some BulgarA great little book that clarified lots of issues for me and made me even more aware of the current ulta-right tendencies. The attitude of some Bulgarians towards Syrian refugees as well as the attitude of some Brits towards the "Bulgarian invasion" are just as alarming and troublesome as history suggests. Especially in a time of economic crises. Once again, remembering history may save us from repeating it. ...more