Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.
Books of 2012: The Famished Road (Okri)
Thoughts in 10 words or less: Magical realism at its finest, post-colonial literature at its strongest.
my book, my good friend (by Tran Phuong Thanh)
One of the three Murakami vending machines you can find at train stations in Poland.
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage hits U.S. bookstores (not vending machines, sadly) on 8/12/14!
Jane Austen read her own reviews, and took scrupulous notes: “Austen appears to have compiled the reactions of her readers from letters, hearsay, and direct conversations and recorded them on a set of closely written pages around 1815, before her death at the age of forty-one, two years later.”
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Graham Greene, Orient Express
I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.
Reading (exh. 1927). Henri Lebasque (French, 1865-1937). Oil on canvas.
Lisa Banner makes light of the “characteristic mysterious aspect” in Lebasque’s work—“the absence of detail in his portrayal of faces.” She notes that the artist “achieves greater intimacy with his subjects by this technique, leaving them the anonymity of disguise by careful omission of facial distinction and coaxing greater expression from the limbs and body poses of his sitters”