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.
The popular opinion here is that the layout, design, photographs and illustrations are just great but the text is poor. And I wholeheartedly agree. IThe popular opinion here is that the layout, design, photographs and illustrations are just great but the text is poor. And I wholeheartedly agree. I wouldn't mind the interviewee’s intrusive style if it were profound or at least engaging. The book is a bijou by itself and obviously a real treat for anyone who has seen Wes Anderson's movies. That is if you only browse through it and don’t bother to read the text. The uninspiring conversations make of this otherwise visually rich even exuberant book, a real drag. By the last two movies a started skipping lines, it was that tedious. Only Michael Chabon's introduction and the Darjeeling Limited essay I found worth reading. ...more
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 sanity thing demands effort and time. One should reflect, keep a diary, invest in relationships..., do excersises with their partner, do physicalThis sanity thing demands effort and time. One should reflect, keep a diary, invest in relationships..., do excersises with their partner, do physical excersises, pick up new hobbies thus keep learning new things. Honestly, who has the time? “If you don’t use it you lose it” and “If we do not grow we shrink” are depressing thoughts on a certain level because there are so many things to work on. The day is not long enough to work only on the body, what is left for the intellect, not to mention the 8-hour workday and the overwhelming load of errands. The exercises described in the end of the book are the type of eastern focused attention techniques - on the breathing, on your thoughts, on the mundane things we do (washing dishes, taking a bath, etc.) - and very similar to the relaxation techniques that the yoga practices end up with.
I say the above without any negative connotations. Of course you have to work for the things that are precious. This book is in a way in the category of the self-help books or how-to books but it doesn’t offer quick solutions. It lacks the American “everyone can do it”, “everybody can succeed”. As Alain de Botton put it (most likely he was quoting someone else) “Life is cheerful is the devil’s talk”.
Conscious, curious and in good company seem to be the keys to a sane and probably happy life, but I want to focus more on the last chapter of the book which is called What’s the story? and is concerned with the patterns we have adopted to deal with different situations, the filters through which we look at the world. Sometimes those patterns serve us well, sometimes they lead us to a self-defeating behavior. We can brake those patterns when they don’t work in our best interest and edit our story. When thinking about this, a scene came into my mind – one of the most impressive scenes from an overall impressive movie – The Great Beauty. Rome’s intellectuals are sitting drinking on a rooftop discussing art and life. A beautiful mature woman is telling the story of her success. The main character Jeb is irritated by her arrogance and decides to put her down in front of their friends. He tells the same story, but it is glamorous no more. “Stefania, mother and woman, you’re 53 with a life in tatters like the rest of us. Instead of acting superior and treating us with contempt, you should look at us with affection. We’re all on the brink of despair. All we can do is look each other in the face, keep each other company, joke a little. Don’t you agree?"
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.