Modernist & Modern classics

The catcher in the rye

“Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around - nobody big, I mean - except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if… Continue reading The catcher in the rye

Modernist & Modern classics

Bonjour tristesse

Despite its title, the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about Françoise Sagan’s novel is a burning sun on the endless golden sand. “Bonjour tristesse” is the book with the most pregnant and memorable atmosphere that I’ve ever read. I can still hear the waves and smell the sea. Parties, gambling,… Continue reading Bonjour tristesse

Self-help, Sociology

A feminist manifesto – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is my favorite feminist figure. She started being a feminist before even knowing what feminism was and that makes her genuine and authentic. “Dear Ijeawele” or “A feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions” is a small book that everyone should read wherever, whenever and whoever they are. She wrote it as a letter… Continue reading A feminist manifesto – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Contemporary

The Color Purple – beauty and pain

“Everything want to be loved. Us sing and dance and holler, just trying to be loved.” Alice Walker managed to gather all sorts of contradictory aspects of humanity in “The Color Purple”, such as the love of hateful people, the power of the weak, the voice of the voiceless, so it turned out to be… Continue reading The Color Purple – beauty and pain

Science

The Origins of Creativity

I’ve always seen creativity as the most valuable trait that humans possess. Unfortunately, biases led to a widening schism between sciences and humanities, which is also quite limiting when we subconsciously categorize humans and put labels on their personalities – more into sciences can’t get mixed with more into creative things. In “The Origins of… Continue reading The Origins of Creativity

Psychology, Science

When the body says no

There are many things – small details or obvious mistakes – that we completely ignore and might have something to say about our illnesses, or even play a decisive role in the onset of certain diseases. In his book, “When the body says no”, Gabor Maté explains the critical role that one certain element plays… Continue reading When the body says no

Modernist & Modern classics

The many, many José Arcadios and Aurelianos

People discovering ice, suffering from insomnia for months, living ghosts (because death is too lonely), rains that don’t stop “for four years, eleven months, and two days”, priests who levitate with the power of chocolate and Ursula who managed to stay alive but not at all times conscious for 150 years (I’m not sure about… Continue reading The many, many José Arcadios and Aurelianos