Inspired by Nicole of Eat This Poem, I wanted to start noting down things I have been reading lately, both on and offline. I have developed a very bad habit of just bookmarking articles to read later (and never getting around to it until I delete all my bookmarks in frustration at how out of control they are!) so I'm hoping this will be a good way to encourage me to schedule some time to catch up and stimulate my brain.
Something I need reminding of more than I wish: Finding Time to Breathe.
"The working memory can keep only about seven things in it at one time. And if the to-do list is much longer than that, the brain, worried it may forget something, will get stuck in an endless circular loop of mulling, much like a running toilet." Sound familiar? Brigid Schulte investivages The Overwhelm in TIME.
If I ever became a curator at an art gallery, I would make sure all the paintings had novellas next to them instead of those boring descriptions about post-modern feminism and the like. Walker Art takes a deeper look into Edward Hopper's Office At Night.
On reading prison novels while serving time. Books can help connect prisoners to what they have lost, but also to the world they are now facing.
Choosing the 9 to 5: "While the rest of us withered under the hum of fluorescent lights trying to figure out how to make a pivot table in Excel, she was doing the kind of work that is the dream of the modern office employee — working outside, answering to no one, turning freckled and strong under a summer sun."
Working in the non-fiction publishing industry for nearly 10 years had a pretty negative effect on my love of reading. It was always hard to disassociate the stress I felt at work from the books on my shelves. But a recent holiday to Sumatra changed all that! I finally fell into some great books that I really enjoyed and am hoping the love of reading is back for good.
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts - This book has been around for years. Based on true events, the author recounts his time on the run in India after escaping from an Australian prison. Roberts was a writer before a heroin addiction turned him to a life of crime, and you can tell with beautiful descriptions of Bombay and the people he met putting your right in his shoes. A long read, but stick with it.
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman - I bought this on a whim after reading a few online reviews of it. Written by a woman about the dating scene in NYC from the point of view of a 30-something writer, it's a fascinating glimpse into the male psyche that single women everywhere crave. You may not like what you read though, apparently they're all as shallow and single-minded as we think they are!
How Did You Get This Number? and Up The Down Volcano by Sloane Crosley - A few years ago I read and loved Crosley's 'I Was Told There Would Be Cake'. She effortlessly gets herself into the furthest reaches of my brain and seems to put thoughts I've had many times down on paper and makes me feel instantly at ease through tales of mishap and misfortune in her collection of essays. My Miranda Hart of the page (speaking of, I really need to get around to reading her book!).
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling - I love pretty much everything Mindy Kaling says and does, so it was little surprise that I loved this book. I had never really sat down and watched the US version of The Office, which Mindy was a key player in, or the UK version for that matter. So I took a mid-read interval to catch myself up (so worth it!) before continuing. Not familiar? Check this out.
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