Sunday, December 06, 2009

Favorite Passages: The PowerBook by Jeanette Winterson

"Love is death’s twin, born in the same moment, each fighting for mastery, and if death takes all, love would do the same. Yet it is easier to die than to love."

"This life, the one we know, stands in the sun. It is our daytime and the stars and planets that surround it cannot be seen. The sense of other lives, still our own, is clearer to us in the darkness of night or in our dreams. Sometimes a total eclipse shows us in the day what we cannot usually see for ourselves. As our sun darkens, other brilliancies appear. And there is the strange illusion of looking over our shoulder and seeing the sun racing towards us at two thousand miles an hour."

"I keep telling this story-different people, different places, different times-but always you, always me, always this story, because a story is a tightrope between two worlds."

"The past is magnetic. It draws us in. We cannot help ourselves and, as with other things that we cannot help in ourselves, we make up elaborate explanations, reasonable rational explanations, to chant away the powerful things that don't belong to us."

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster: Favorite Passages

"By an odd chance-unless we believe in a presiding genius of place-the statues that relieve its severity suggest, not the innocence of childhood nor the glorious bewilderment of youth, but the conscious achievements of maturity. Perseus and Judith, Hercules and Thusnelda, they have done or suffered something, and, though they are immortal, immortality has come to them after experience, not before. Here, not only in the solitude of Nature, might a hero meet a goddess, or a heroine a god."

"George had turned at the sound of her arrival. For a moment he contemplated her, as one who had fallen out of heaven. He saw radiant joy in her face, he saw the flowers beat against her dress in blue waves. The bushes above them closed. He stepped quickly forward and kissed her."

"She reminded him of a Leonardo more than ever; her sunburnt features were shadowed by fantastic rocks; at his words she had turned and stood between him and the light with immeasurable plains behind her."

"I only wish poets would say this too: that love is of the body; not the body, but of the body. Ah! the misery that would be saved if we confessed that! Ah for a little directness to liberate the soul!"

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Monday, June 08, 2009

The Sandman Cometh!

I am on a mission to read the entire Sandman series by Neil Gaiman by the end of the year. So far so good, but I have to say it was painful waiting three months for volume 3 as a greedy library patron seemed to have kept a magical hold on it for that long. I've requested volumes 4 and 5 that way I can read them back to back.

I am thoroughly enjoying this series. Dream Country, volume three of the series, was wonderful. I particularly enjoyed "Dream of a Thousand Cats." Now I love me some Shakespeare, but it was not my favorite of the four stories. My favorite line out of the four stories though is from "A Midsummer Night's Dream": "Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot." Spoken by the man of the hour, Dream or Sandman, whatever you'd like to call him, they're all the same. He's a minor character in these stories considering the series is named after him. I think Neil Gaiman is really hitting his stride here in incorporating mythology and folklore into the Sandman stories. I hope this trend continues through the rest of the series.

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

I started reading The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford last Friday and am fascinated by it at the moment. I haven't finished the novel yet, but I'm about half way through. It's pretty brilliant although it took me a bit to get used to the author's style. I've had this on my TBR shelf forever it seems, but it called out to me now to be read. It's funny how that happens.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Quirky Romantic Comedies are my Favorite

I cannot wait to see both of these films. The nerdy romantic in me can't believe her luck.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

I need a drink...

This week has been one of the most stressful weeks I've had in some time. I can't wait for it to be over.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


I love Flight of the Conchords!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Loot!

I had an urge to visit the used bookstore yesterday so F and I went by after a late lunch. Sometimes my local used bookstore does not have a great selection, but this time there was so much to choose from I had to leave several books I really wanted behind. All F. could do was shake his head each time he came by the aisle I was browsing in. The pile in my arms was bigger each time he saw me. He knows once I have my heart set on my stack that there is no going back or trying to convince me that I don't need to buy so many since I have stacks of unread books at home. Alas, I always win (particularly when I point out how expensive his hobby can be, hehe). Without further ado, here is what I took home:

The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
Been Down so Long It Looks Like Up to Me by Richard Farina
Slam by Nick Hornby
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Revolutionary Road by Ricard Yates
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy
The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

It was hard to put some of the other books I had selected back on their shelves, but I decided not to be greedy.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Arrivederci 2008...Buongiorno 2009!

It's already 4 days into the new year and I've already fallen behind on plans I have for the year. I have a list of things I want to accomplish this year. I hate the word resolutions so let's just call them dreams and wishes. I'll post them tomorrow to remind myself that I can accomplish what I feel would help me to grow as a person in the year to come.

A look back at my favorites of 2008...

Favorite books of the year:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Peel Society by Mary Ann Schaffer
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Persuasion by Jane Austen

Favorite albums:

M83: Saturdays=Youth
Santogold: Santogold
Kings of Leon: Only by the Night
Coldplay: Viva la Vida
Death Cab for Cutie: Narrow Stairs
The Gaslight Anthem: The '59 Sound
Of Montreal: Skeletal Lamping
She & Him: Volume 1
Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend
Ladyhawke: Ladyhawke
Crystal Castles: Crystal Castles
Cut Copy: In Ghost Colours
Adele: 19
Beck: Modern Guilt
Jamie Lidell: Jim
The Darjeeling Limited Soundtrack

Favorite movies:

Pineapple Express
The Dark Knight
Iron Man
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
La Vie en Rose
August Rush
2 Days in Paris
Bonjour Tristesse
Paris Je T'aime

Tomorrow I'll post my 2009 list of dreams and wishes.