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August 2014
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R1-03193-021A by Rach (◡‿◡✿) on Flickr.

R1-03193-021A by Rach (◡‿◡✿) on Flickr.

August 2014
20

To say goodbye is to die a little.

August 2014
19
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Timeless wisdom on courage and evil from the late and great Maya Angelou.

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Timeless wisdom on courage and evil from the late and great Maya Angelou.

August 2014
16

Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory, and the truth of every passion wants some pretence to make it live.

 - Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim
August 2014
15

CATCH-22 : book review

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✯✯✯✯ READ THIS BOOK.

A brief intro:

Catch-22 is set in Italy against the backdrop of WWII, but it is not a book solely about the atrocities of war as people might think. In a clever literary maneuver, Mr. Heller creates a comical microcosm and tells the story of Yossarian, the American bombardier, in his plight to avoid being killed, all the while pointing with more tact and sagacity at the consequences and insanity of blindly following a self-serving authority. The madness of war and its effects are also a major theme, though the reader arrives at its different implications more serendipitously. 

My review: 
The entire setting of the book serves as a metaphor in itself, and presents “the twentieth-century world as it might look to someone dangerously sane…” I would say that the central problems that are discussed through the book are still very much relevant for the 21st century, and for any thinking individual. But even as it endures as a classic for its brilliant plot and overall execution, Catch-22 still ranks as number one on Goodreads’ list of most begun but unfinished books . Admittedly, it took me more than three tries to finally reach glorious and long awaited success (high five!), but believe me, friends - when you find yourself in the final stretch of the book, your heart will be breaking, your heart will be mending, and you will be so emotionally invested and mentally stimulated that you’ll wonder why the initial chapters were so flipping difficult to get through when the last 100 pages felt like a minute. With that said, I cannot do it justice with a 5/5 star review. It seems completely irrelevant whether or not I found pleasure and enjoyment in a book of this stature (though I did enjoy it very much). The fact of the matter is, I think we all have a moral duty to think about the nature of authority, our place and responsibilities in relation to it, and the ideal leadership that we should strive for. You can find other works that will open up dialogue for these matters of course, but I’m not sure they will deliver quite as well as Mr. Heller does in Catch-22. Please, please, please read this. Especially at a time when intellect seems so removed from the normal human experience, I can’t stress enough how important works like these are. 

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for friends who would like to try reading the book, I have some notes that might be helpful; for friends who have read the book & are up for discussion - my reflections 

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August 2014
13

For we live with those retrievals from childhood that coalesce and echo throughout our lives, the way shattered pieces of glass in a kaleidoscope reappear in new forms and are songlike in their refrains and rhymes, making up a single monologue. We live permanently in the recurrence of our own stories, whatever story we tell.

August 2014
12

I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn’t quite make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.

 - Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
August 2014
10
Been reading artist profiles and getting more  enjoyment from the visual arts :) planning some “fusion” content for my upcoming posts!

Been reading artist profiles and getting more enjoyment from the visual arts :) planning some “fusion” content for my upcoming posts!

August 2014
07

The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.

 - Ernest Hemingway
August 2014
02
  by © Yassine on Flickr.

by © Yassine on Flickr.