Pretty insightful. It introduced me to so many Arabic female poets whom I didn't know at all. I noticed, though, that the voices of these women soundPretty insightful. It introduced me to so many Arabic female poets whom I didn't know at all. I noticed, though, that the voices of these women sound pretty similar to one another. I think it tells us a lot of how our poetry is restricted and still not completely free.
Recommended for anyone who is interested in the history of Arabic Female Poetry. It has a good introduction of how it all started followed by lots of poems....more
I am a big fan, of True Detective; Rust Cohle spoke to me. He symbolised a hidden part in me and since a lot of the show's philosophy was inspired byI am a big fan, of True Detective; Rust Cohle spoke to me. He symbolised a hidden part in me and since a lot of the show's philosophy was inspired by this book, I intended to read it and get to know the piece that inspired such a masterpiece and yes telling by my rating it is also a masterpiece in itself.
I have never read anything before by Thomas Ligotti; I am happy that I know him now. He's a very -VERY- interesting guy. He's reclusive and nihilistic. Just my type.
In this book, he discusses the futility of the human beings. He calls our race as "the Human Puppets" we are endlessly and absurdly keeping on living without ever considering that maybe, just maybe, we don't ought to be here. He also writes, in length, about how we should all extinct since we still have the choice.
The book felt, sometimes, like an essay more than an individual philosophy, still I learned a lot from it. ...more
I loved every part of it. It was like a bazaar dream into the history of myths and humans. A dream you won't be able to be awake from.
I love anything,I loved every part of it. It was like a bazaar dream into the history of myths and humans. A dream you won't be able to be awake from.
I love anything, really, that has to do with people intellectually talking about everything. Here, kudus, the characters are intellectually talking about things I even love more; MYTHS and the HISTORY OF RELIGION. The Jesus theories made so much sense. The writer isn't trying to sell you something; reading the script didn't feel like a pretentious atheist's shoutings neither a religious extremist handbook. But something I couldn't quite figure. Very well written.
The amazing thing about the scenario is that it explores myths by using one. Genius. Cannot wait to see the movie!...more
Patti Smith is an incredible writer. She's such an iconic musician and a very interesting person and all that awesomeness is magnified when she writesPatti Smith is an incredible writer. She's such an iconic musician and a very interesting person and all that awesomeness is magnified when she writes. Seriously the amount of her coolness and intellectuality is very admirable and she won't sound pretentious for reading so many books and knowing so many cool people, she's just a lovely poet who reflects modern life in an artistic way. She will take you for a walk in her favourite cafes in NY to daydream with her, she will describe the beaches for you and you will almost feel the breeze and the smell of the sea. She doesn't stop there; Patti also challenges time; yes, you will listen to her talking with the dead. The dead are the writers who influenced her and spoke to her: Mrabet, Bowles, Aira, Bolaño, Burroughs, Rimbaud, Plath, Mishima, Murakami and Bulgakov are almost present and alive. She visits them and talks about them.. With them.
She also masters her words so well; like she can make an old dusty bar seem magical; a room in a Hotel is a scene from a classical avant-garde film, the objects are stories to tell and the places are here for her to experience. Things are NOT just things with Patti; she's a Buddha who writes proses and verses about normal things and turns them into a guide, a new way of seeing things. A pictorial sort of writing. She makes time stops.
And at last, you won't hate her because she writes better than you, you will love her because she's only teaching you to be even better for she will teach you how to feel....more
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl is probably a book that's only read by the Sleater-Kinney fans. Well, I am not one of them. I mean as a feminist, I loveHunger Makes Me a Modern Girl is probably a book that's only read by the Sleater-Kinney fans. Well, I am not one of them. I mean as a feminist, I love and respect the Riot grrrl and the whole Feminist Punk Movement, but as a type of music, it's just not me. I tried to give it a listen, but I couldn't quite like the tunes, the loud shoutings or the never ending guitar sounds. I listened to Bikini Kill I forced myself but they weren't at all my type. I like, however, The Raincoats; maybe because they are less loud and more Indie than Punk.
Anyhow, Sleater-Kinney. Well, I didn't know them. Sorry, Riot grrrls. I actually got to know this book by Tumblr-I ought to list the books Tumblr introduced me to- I was serving and happened to read an amazing quote from the book. Ever since that, I wanted so bad to have the book. I thought it's going to be on my Wishlist for a long time. Years maybe.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it shelved between so many amazing books in Bookmarc Store in Harajuku, Tokyo. I nearly screamed before I remembered to keep my pseudo-Japanese manners together. Now, I'm so happy that the book is completely worth (almost) screaming and being looked as a savage by the Japanese; it is so well-written. Like so well-written that it inspired me to write in new ways, it taught me new words, and it's super personal and super relevant and just a Good Piece of a female point of view.
Carrie writes so well about her experience in art and how that has changed her. How she was and what she's become, and how the music saved her. There are lots of pages about her family and the band tours, given the fact that I didn't know Carrie or the band, one might think I would get bored or lose interest, but Carrie knows how to keep the readers attached. Her awkward persona rhythmed so well with her prose.
I quoted a lot but here's my favourite. The one that made me want to read the book:
“A male loner is a hero of sorts, a rebel, an iconoclast, but the same is not true of a female loner. There is no virility in a woman’s autonomy, there is only pity.”
Here are more:
“I never wanted to feel ashamed for striving, for desiring, for ambition. And I never wanted to judge another woman, or anyone, for that matter, for their own aspirations, even if they differed from my own..”
“We were never trying to deny our femaleness. Instead, we wanted to expand the notion of what it means to be female. The notion of “female” should be so sprawling and complex that it becomes divorced from gender itself..”
I really recommend it for aspiring writers, you heard me, or females who are struggling with their art (whatever it is)....more
I'm so happy that I didn't start reading Murakami with this book because I'm sure if I did, then I would probably not want to read any other book forI'm so happy that I didn't start reading Murakami with this book because I'm sure if I did, then I would probably not want to read any other book for him. YEAH, it is that bad.
I know that Murakami is such a Male Novelist and yet I dealt with that before because he -almost always- wrote good stories; in terms of plot and flow. Here, though, his Male Novelist voice is so much louder than anything I have read before and the story is boring and poorly written. Just dull long endless misery of bazaar events that are stupid.
Let me give you an honest literal trailer of the book. Just imagine.
*American boring music plays in the background. Suggested by Murakami, of course, because he's into Western stuff*
An Awkward male character who can't complete one sentence. He lost his job and spend the day cooking lazy recipes, can't be good even at that.
Serious investigations, taking notes, and mysterious cops are all gathered to find the lost cat of the story's couple. All written in such an Action Thriller way.
MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL IS CHEERFULLY LAUGHING. HAHAHA LOSERS MEN ARE JUST FUN, AREN'T THEY? WELL, LET US HELP THIS LITTLE CUTE MAN, SHALL WE? HAHAHA I'M STUPID AND LAZY. HAHAHA.
Voices from behind: Meow. Meow. Is that our cat, Kumiko?
Kumiko: I'm cold as the ice, yet our missing cat may be the reason we fight.
Toru (main narrator): What? May? Where are you? Please translate.. or at least make me happy?
A woman is raped.
Oh but don't worry; that's cool and all.
Weird silly things happening. Kumiko disappears.
Unnecessary long dull conversations in Tokyo's cafes.
Our man is the savior. God protect him. Wait. What did just happen?
I read Hamlet long time ago, its perfection still got me haunted. Ever since then, every play I picked up for Shakespeare was a longing, a search forI read Hamlet long time ago, its perfection still got me haunted. Ever since then, every play I picked up for Shakespeare was a longing, a search for another Hamlet. I read few great plays, but none gave me what I needed; I wanted the human's greed that led to madness and the chaos of the nothingness that only Shakespeare could write so well about. Macbeth gave me that and fed my hunger. This is the Shakespeare I fell in love with in the first place. Absolute art.
If humans ever extinct and aliens invade the abandoned earth after millions of years, I hope they read these works and get to know who we were, what -some of us- were able to write, and maybe know why we didn't deserve to live.
“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.”
Kierkegaard is a man with a troubled soul; he's a religious with so many questions and he desperately wants answers to faith and religion.
The story oKierkegaard is a man with a troubled soul; he's a religious with so many questions and he desperately wants answers to faith and religion.
The story of the binding of Isaac is one of the tales that put him into questioning faith. How could a father sacrifice his son for the never-heard, never-seen, the absolute? Faith. Something we cannot possibly or rationally put into words, faith is the only thing that would make a man take a leap into the absurd (aka, killing your son). Faith that is a passion.
Abraham, to Kierkegaard, resembles The Knight of Faith; for he leaves the ethical for a higher reason, something out of our world, he -for us- is a murder but having faith makes him "higher than the universe", he is not a Tragic Hero because the tragic hero would always stay within the ethical, social standards..etc. The Knight of Faith is a different sort of hero. He's awesome and we don't know why.
A little book maybe, but it has its own share of deep issues like the problem of sin and the possibility of human redemption. Though going back and forth to the tale of Abraham and his son -got me a headache and a bit nauseous, SOREN, WHY NOT WRITE MORE CLEARLY?-
Kierkegaard views are pretty interesting and he certainly loves going beyond the realistic standards.
Kant thought Abraham wrong for wanting to kill his son just because he heard voices in his head telling him so, Sartre would take a moment before doing it and asks "Am I really a man who is entitled to act in such a way that the entire human race should be measuring itself by my actions?" the answer is probably NO. Kierkegaard, on the other hand, considers Abraham as an example of the Christian Faith.
The true Christian, according to him, is the one who realizes that our duty shouldn't be measured or judged by the moral law, but rather one of a higher value.
To me, Kierkegaard is a Romantic. He romanticizes killing and fantasizes about hearing voices. He glorified the Knight of Faith without considering that maybe this Knight of Faith has a mental disorder....more
If you just look into the title, you would think this is a book about writing and the purpose of it, which you'd find in few pages. But if you'd noticIf you just look into the title, you would think this is a book about writing and the purpose of it, which you'd find in few pages. But if you'd notice the writer's name, you'd probably guess that a lot of the content is political.
I learned a lot about Orwell; he's a Socialist and he was not afraid to state why he thought that a woman driving a Rolls Royce car in a place where others are deprived of bread and homes is more dangerous to the society and the economy than anything else. He writes in length of Capitalism, Fascism, the British Politics and its society and the wars to come. It's pretty amazing how much I got to know by reading few pages.
I was amazed that George Orwell has published poems! Yes, there is even that in this tiny little book....more