See how they came together. When they're usually far apart. You know, they usually don't go together. But then I put them together. Much like Station Eleven. It made sense in my head okay!
I've read my share of Post-apocalypse stories. They're the fad, almost unavoidable. I think their popularity shows a distinctly unfortunate result of the times in which we live. It's so bad, we'd rather have the world torn apart and start from the beginning!
Having said that, Station Eleven was really good. It somehow combines a desolate future with incredible prose and a wonderful story that makes you think.
Revolving around a couple main characters, the story flashes back and forth from pre-Georgia Flu days to post destruction of civilization. All of those characters revolve in some way around the book-famous actor Arthur Leander (had to cheat to get spelling on this).
Of course there are plenty of dangers and most of those are from human beings themselves since most everything else has died off. There's a cult built around a man styling himself as the Prophet (it was a capital P in my head at least) and people simply surviving without the difficulties others bring.
In the future portions, the book heavily follows a band of roaming orchestra players that reminded me of Tom Stoppard's Rosencranz and Gildenstern are Dead at times what with the author referring to them as "violinist #2" and such. I'm not sure why it reminded me of that since it's been so long, but that reminds me that I need to reread RaGaD.
Anyway, go read it. It's fun and thoughtful. Emotional and literary. And also post-apocalyptic. Kind of satisfies a lot of itches.
While I was forced to read this book (by my wife), I guess I can't say it was all that bad. It was actually pretty enlightening and I'll share a couplWhile I was forced to read this book (by my wife), I guess I can't say it was all that bad. It was actually pretty enlightening and I'll share a couple things I gleaned.
But first, the parts that annoyed me.
Marie Kondo has a habit of personification of things. To an odd degree. I believe I get it and I'll address that below, but it's still a bit strange. She essentially does a seance with a house she's been hired to help with and talks about thanking things. Like your stuff.
And she repeats herself. It almost felt copy and paste from a previous section.
There's really no scientific support for anything and I'd like to see some more tests done to challenge her theories (most of which I think are probably correct btw).
Now, on to the good stuff.
I have to say that her method sounds plausible. She doesn't tackle clean up like most, she talks about changing yourself. You wouldn't think that's something you'd have to do for cleanup (or tidying) but I think she's right about that.
You have to change your outlook to be better with money and I think she's right about tidying.
Her focus is not on getting rid of things (of which there is plenty), but on keeping things that you love or which "spark joy." She is insistent upon handling every single item in your possession, be it a pair of underwear, a forgotten piece of mail, or your child (just kidding on the last one).
She then talks about going through clothes first, because they're the easiest to part with if they don't bring you joy, and then moving on to harder things to get rid of. She places books second and I would probably say I'm speaking to the crowd that would disagree with this placement.
Again, I like this theory because she talks about getting better at making decisions as you go along. On top of this, you really get to know yourself and what brings you joy. Your stuff is part of you whether you like it or not. It's on this life journey with you and shows the decisions you've made in the past. You can thank your stuff (odd, but I get it) for what it has given you and let go of the things that don't bring you that joy.
And I think I get why she personifies the objects and that's because it is easier to get rid of because we're all psycho, mass-murderers right?!?!!? No, but I think it's more because she talks about the objects sparking joy and if not, you thank it for its service and life lesson to you. It's a friend or an acquaintance or even an enemy. If you kept in touch with all of them, you'd go crazy. And that's what we do with our stuff. It all makes us either feel good or guilty, happy or makes us anxious. Or maybe we feel indifferent, but why keep something like that around.
We should surround ourselves with happiness. That's not a bad idea.
I have to admit, when I was a kid, I'd feel bad for not playing with a certain toy in a while. Like, I betrayed it.
Kondo also provides some good tips as to how to approach your new tidy life. On the whole, I wasn't extremely happy to read this, but I have to say I didn't hate it. In fact, it was probably life-changing.