Ex Libris

To close out we’ve returned, for the most part, to the classics: Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent, William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair, Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Anthony Trollope.

More recent: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, and my guilty pleasure, true crime, Catch Me A Killer by Micki Pistorius.

Book preview

I’ve been clearing out some boxes and things from the attic and found some of my children’s books, which I proceeded to read and temporarily abandoned the decluttering project. I was re-enchanted. Here are a few, and I would say any time is a good time to get in touch with your inner child/juvenile/young adult.

And…since we still have a bit of a passion for fashion, we treated ourselves to this delicious little number:

In the spirit of the new theme:

Reading Murakami reminded me of some gorgeous musical pieces. Nothing terribly exotic but worthy of getting lost in: Leoš Janáček’s Sinfonietta, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, The WellTempered Clavier, Telemann’s Partitas, John Dowland’s Lachrimae. And, Metallica for some reason!

The works of Gogol, Chekov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Saint-Exupéry, Hamsun, Stegner, Llewellyn, Williams, Muir, Dickens, Shakespeare….in no particular order — happy exploration!

Books Reaching into The Divine Feminine and The Divine Masculine!

Above are recommendations from Danny Benson and one from me.

From H.P.’s list. Short stories: “Cathedral,” Raymond Carver; “Barn Burning,” William Faulkner. Novels: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz; This is How You Lose Her, Junot Díaz; White Ivy, Susie Yang. Poetry: “To His Coy Mistress,” Marvell; “Song of Myself,” Walt Whitman. Drama: A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams.

Living & Dead

Some suggestions from friends: Randy: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Patrick: Eating Animals and The Ascent of Babel, Ishmael: The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*&k and Can’t Hurt Me, Juan: Mary Shelley and other Romantics and Pre-Raphaelites. I threw in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy just for good measure!

West & East

Bullshit Jobs, David Graeber; Herodotus The Histories, Tom Holland translation; Between The World And Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates; and Sun and Steel, Yukio Mishima. Enjoy!

And to go along with the series Neon Genesis Evangelion on the Celluloid Dreams page Loving the Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots,” Timothy N. Hornyak 

Love & Death

How was everyone’s Valentine’s Day? Whilst basking in the afterglow, here are some good books that are good fun and a fun thrill. Great but not taxing. Perfect for the weekend: The Sheik (crazy!), My Cousin Rachel, The Pilot’s Wife, and Heat Wave.

Books on love: let’s start with C.S. Lewis’s The Four Loves. A wise book by the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, friend and colleague of Tolkien…We added another…not a romance, both these books are to lay the groundwork for a proper love — this way you may choose wisely and understand your underlying motivations: The Discovery of the Unconscious by Henri Ellenberger.

For a less heavy tome: Damage by Josephine Hart. A romp into the dark vortex. Love not only hurts, Love kills. Next, China Court by Rumer Godden popped into my head out of nowhere. It’s great – enjoy!

Classics New & Old

Reading, read & on deck: The Strange Library, Haruki Murakami, The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Psychology and Alchemy, CG Jung, The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea, Yukio Mishima, Killing Commendatore, Haruki Murakami, The Woman with the Flying Head, Kurahashi Yumiko, Mother Nature, Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Kelly Barnhill. Enjoy! More to come and commentary as well.