by pete spence
from the book »10 poems« (free download)
the strangers project - anonymous journal entries from complete strangers collected from all around the world
i was going to post this after i was done with my midterms, but this can’t wait. this project is absolutely beautiful, raw, real and at some times, sad, heartbreaking and joyous. you never know with these strangers.
i love how anyone (including you, dear reader) can submit journal entries (handwritten or typed); some of them are even compiled into a book that you can buy or (download free digital version (limited time, so go download!)).
follow @StrangersProj on twitter for more information, thank yous and appreciation for this heartwarming project.
the physics of imaginary objects by tina may hall.
The Physics of Imaginary Objects, in fifteen stories and a novella, offers a very different kind of short fiction, blending story with verse to evoke fantasy, allegory, metaphor, love, body, mind, and nearly every sensory perception. Weaving in and out of the space that connects life and death in mysterious ways, these texts use carefully honed language that suggests a newfound spirituality
guest reviewer #3: hayat. (@hayat_as)
Once you open the book, you are hauled by the titles like “How to Remember a Bird”, “A Crown of Sonnets Dedicated to Long-Gone Love”, “In Your Endeavors, You May Feel My Ghostly Presence” her pieces are beautifully detailed, so detailed it makes your reading breaks feel a bit more than closing a book then going back to it, she details the littles we barely notice so perfectly that when you finish a piece, every step of yours, every breath will taste/feel different.
The characters stay on you, not as a burden but they stay beneath your finger nails, they are there when you wake up and there to tell you her stories about them to sleep.
As a writer, it’s hard to figure out which detail to write about and which to leave unwritten. And Tina’s choices were brilliant.
the boy in striped pyjamas (2008) (book) (film)
Set during World War II, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.
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Meet Frank Cauldhame. Just sixteen, and unconventional to say the least:
Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different and more fundemental reasons than I’d disposed of Blyth, and then after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, more or less on a whim.
That’s my score to date. Three. I haven’t killed anybody for years, and don’t intend to ever again.
It was just a stage I was going through.
“Of course I was out killing things. How the hell am I supposed to get heads and bodies for the Poles and the Bunker if I don’t kill things? There just aren’t enough natural deaths. You can’t explain that sort of thing to people, though.”
“All our lives are symbols. Everything we do is part of a pattern we have at least some say in. The strong make their patterns and influence other people’s, the weak have their courses mapped out for them.”
“Something in him could not accept what had happened, could not fit in what he had seen with the way he thought things ought to be. Maybe some deep part of him, buried under layers of time and growth like the Roman remains of a modem city, still believed in God, and could not suffer the realisation that, if such an unlikely being did exist, it could suffer that to happen to any of the creatures it had supposedly fashioned in its own image.”
—————————————————————With work and everything else going on I haven’t had time to read anything more than 250 pages so when I went to the bookstore the other day and asked the guy working there to recommend something that’s interesting and with 250 pages or less he suggested I give The Wasp Factory a try.Now, I’m not usually the kind of person who buys a book without any idea about the plot but he was so excited about it that I decided to give it a go.And in the name of all that is holy this book surprised me.It also scared the shit out of me and for an hour or so after I was done reading it I kept staring at it wondering what the fuck did I just read?Banks managed to create a character that is deranged in every sense of the word yet you’ll still feel some empathy towards him because he is just so damn… logical about everything that you will be able to see the reasons behind his actions.This was a wonderful short read that I would recommend to anyone with not a lot of time on their hands who would like something good to read.
After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time.
But as the time until his release ticks away, he can feel a storm brewing.
Two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in adulterous circumstances.
Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr Wednesday claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.
Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town. But the storm is about to break…
Favorite quotes (The entire thing is quote worthy but these are some of my absolute favorites):
“Ideas are more difficult to kill than people.”
“We need individual stories. Without individual stories we see only numbers.”
“I believe that life is a game, life is a cruel joke and that life is what happens when you’re alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”
“Tell him that we fucking reprogrammed reality. Tell him that language is a virus and that religion is an operating system and that prayers are just so much fucking spam.”
“People believe, thought Shadow. It’s what people do. They believe, and then they do not take responsibility for their beliefs; they conjure things, and do not trust the conjuration. People populate the darkness; with ghost, with gods, with electrons, with tales. People imagine, and people believe; and it is that rock solid belief, that makes things happen.”
“There’s none so blind as those who will not listen.”
—————————————————————I’m a huge fan of Neil Gaiman and I’m currently trying to get hold of everything he’s every published. I find his writing to be flawless. Whether he is writing for children or adults his way with words manages to captivate me every time.American Gods was one of the firs books I have read by him and while not being my favorite it’s still pretty darn great.What I loved about this book is how it manages to contains a variety of different genres yet still do each of them justice and in the process of all that still leaves you with answers you’ll keep trying to solve days after you’re done reading it.A memorable book.Also, for those interested this is being adapted into a tv show by HBO.
must reread soon.
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“Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update,” before “Sarah Palin,” Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.
She has seen both these dreams come true.
At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon — from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.
Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.
(Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!) ”
“When choosing sexual partners, remember: Talent is not sexually transmittable.”
“Some people say, “Never let them see you cry.” I say, if you’re so mad you could just cry, then cry. It terrifies everyone.”
“I am a big believer in Intelligent Design, and by that I mean I love IKEA!”
“Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.”
At work I’m known as the girl who likes to read (sort of like Katniss Everdeen but with less flaming dresses and more books) so when I saw this at one of my colleagues desks and asked if I can borrow it (I get excited in the presence of books) he was nice enough to lend it to me.
To describe this book in one sentence is to say It’s a short, fun read that’s good for a couple of laughs.
Books like this are palette cleansers for me (I’m a pretentious idiot) and I like reading them after a classic or something that contains a sentence that I have to read several times before I know what it means.
Anywhooooo, I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a light read.
I hope you’re not reading thisThanks Frank for lending this to me!
420 by Lou Beach.
Within this collection of miniature stories, entire worlds take shape—some like our own, some hallucinatory fairylands—populated by heartsick cowboys, random criminals, lovers and drifters. (via goodreads)
Guest Reviewer #1: Wahaj. (@drivemesane)
The lovely thing about this book is that it shows the suffering of having a limit of characters (what we have on social networks) and it was inspired by the formerly limit of 420 characters on Facebook. Lou is a very funny, imaginative writer and he writes these short but informative short stories in a captivating way.
Into the wild (2007)
After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.
because to me, this is real inspiration.
Ray Douglas Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) was an American fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction writer. Best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and for the science fiction and horror stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles (1950) and The Illustrated Man (1951), Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th-century American writers. Many of Bradbury’s works have been adapted into television shows or films. (wikipedia)
Theodore Sturgeon (born Edward Hamilton Waldo; February 26, 1918 – May 8, 1985) was an American science fictionand horror author. His most famous novel is More Than Human (1953)
i haven’t read any of his books, or any science fiction to be honest, but those covers and the reviews make his books very tempting.
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the devil’s dictionary by ambrose bierce
The Devil’s Dictionary is a satirical “reference” book written by Ambrose Bierce. The book offers reinterpretations of terms in the English language, lampooning cant and political doublespeak, as well as other aspects of human foolishness and frailty. It was originally published in 1906 as The Cynic’s Word Book before being retitled in 1911. Modern “unabridged” versions that include Bierce “definitions” that were for various reasons missed by earlier editions continue to be popular a century later.
bonus: the devil’s dictionary 2.0 (computer terms)