Update Reading List February 2.0

Update to my update: I finished Brecht’s Mother Courage and I liked it. I read a lot of poems by Brecht when I was at school and I always loved them. My hubby cannot understand why I like Brecht and each time he shakes his head over my love for Brecht (he usually calls him…

Update Reading List and The Red Pony

I am lagging behind! I just finished John Steinbeck’s The Red Pony but according to my list I should finish Rachel Joyce’s novel tomorrow. I am not lagging behind because I haven’t been reading, I was simply reading other stuff. I am currently reading a lot of non-fiction books and history magazines on various topics…

Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle

I don’t actually know what I should write about Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle. It was, most definitely, a highly enjoyable read. It is amazing how Vonnegut manages to make readers think and experience things in a completely different way. I still, after 2 years, remember a scene in Slaughterhouse-Five, where it is described how Billy…

Heartbreaking

How often does it happen that a student studying a book for uni finds her/himself to be all in tears? Maybe more often than I can ever imagine but I can tell you that it only happened to me twice. Once shortly after my mum’s death in a seminar where we discussed Alan Hollinghurst’s A…

The Devil is in the Detail

When you study literature at university you learn very early that an eye for detail is essential to becoming a good critic (unfortunately, unless you are actually doing a close reading of a text, you will – most of the time – automatically go for the obvious and investigate scenes, dialogues or thoughts that offer…

Robert Burns – Winter: A Dirge

The wintry west extends his blast, And hail and rain does blaw; Or, the stormy north sends driving forth The blinding sleet and snaw: While tumbling brown, the burn comes down, And roars frae bank to brae; And bird and beast in covert rest, And pass the heartless day.   The sweeping blast, the sky…

52 Weeks in my Bookshelf

I am an ├╝ber procrastinator and although I consider the ways of my procrastination to be on a somewhat more sophisticated level (I don’t watch Topmodel, the Voice or any other casting show), I’ve come to realise that browsing the web and watching TV shows online has to stop. My memory is deteriorating, the dioptres…

Dreams & Aspirations

Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live. Let us talk about New Year’s Resolutions. What is it about New Years that makes us do all those stupid lists and promises for the next year, which we, in all honesty,…

Inscription for the Entrance to a Wood

Stranger, if thou hast learned a truth which needs No school of long experience, that the world Is full of guilt and misery, and hast seen Enough of all its sorrows, crimes, and cares, To tire thee of it, enter this wild wood And view the haunts of Nature. The calm shade Shall bring a…

The Transcendentalist

It is not to be denied that there must be some wide difference between my faith and other faith; and mine is a certain brief experience, which surprised me in the highway or in the market, in some place, at some time, – whether in the body or out of the body, God knoweth, –…

Hello world!

The reason for starting this blog is my need for a creative outlet. Unfortunately, I have neither an artistic nor a musical bone in my body, all I was ever rather good at is reading, analysing and history. With the occasional good photo. Despite my lack of talent, I’ve always felt like I need to…