News for February 2011

This week

i’m reading Lisa See’s Shanghai Girls

oh god, oh god, oh god…

just when you thinks can’t get any worse, it will get worse, it will get so bad and be described in such vivid details that you can’t fathom the outcome so out of curiosity and the well being of the characters you keep on going, but of course it gets worse.

can we please have one book about china, chinese people that doesn’t involve raping, concubines, feet-binding and other random shit that’s tragic.

i actually like the story, but it’s so damn tragic, people keep getting killed and raped, but it does highlight the importance to remember history, as in what the japanese did in china in the WWII.

this is important

but im not at a happy enough stage in my life to read so much tragedy

but if you ignore all the killing and raping and shit like that, it’s pretty much a chick lit novel


but i wish books about china aren’t so tragic and TYPICAL

sigh, gonna finish it still though, will only read it during the day…

i’ve read her other book, Peony in Love, and =_= it’s like this, except the girl is a ghost for half of the book, and shit keeps happening to her. Because she’s in the after life, some how the shit that kept happening to her felt more acceptable than actual shit is happening to these girls.

…i guess i should keep in mind that it’s set in the 1930s… STILL!
im gonna try to speed through it so i can move onto something happier …. or not read anything else for the rest of the week.

Posted: February 28th, 2011
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46: Termite Paradise

Be proud of me, it’s only Wednesday and I’ve finished my book :D :D
This one is called Termite Paradise and it’s by a dude named Joshua Mohr

I didn’t pick this book up for this reason, but Mohr is the last name of Cole Mohr, that really good looking guy who is a model. HE HE HE

The back cover says something like
Termite Parade tosses the concepts of guilt, responsibility, and self-preservation under a microscope and throws the whole shebang in a blender, spinning an imaginative tale as only Joshua Mohr could muster.

Guilt, Responsibility, self-preservation and blend are all the things that I like.

It’s not ground breaking or anything and sometimes you could get lost if you don’t know who is the first person, it changes every chapter and in the last chapter, it is all three main characters in first person, which can be extremely confusing if it weren’t for those lines that separate between each change in POV.

I liked it though, when I first started reading it, it had this random rawness that you just can’t get from classics. Unfortunately, I’m not very good at reading classics, I often get confused and bored, I can’t immerse myself in the old styled language even though I really want to like it. Maybe if I read more I’d understand it.

I also liked some other things about the book

the cover / the typeset (GARAMOND! holy crap, i hate garamond but it looks great here) and the type of paper

I’ve been mainly using cambria lately, nothing but cambria.

Ok, Quotes time!

page 5 There were days I felt like the bastard daughter of a menage a trois between Fuodor Dostoevsky, Sylvia Plath, and Eeyore.
Days Pungent with disappointment
Days soiled and hoarding blame.
Allow me to offer some evidence: about 5am on the morning after my last birthday, I was on my knees in front of the toilet, leaning over it and looking down at the water, waiting to throw up again. I stared at my reflection about could see myself so clearly. My life in the toilet. I was right where I belonged.

(if you’ve lived some disappointing days it is pretty pungent)

page 6 I tried to make another whiskey on the rocks but there weren’t any ice cubes left in the lousy freezer. Not that there’s much of anything left except all my impossible, obscene questions: what’s the difference between lying to yourself and being redeemed, what if they’re identical, like me and my twin brother, Frank, what if they look exactly alike but are completely different monsters?
But here was one I could answer because where there wen’t any ice cubes, there was a sack of frozen peas. So do I make a “whiskey on the peas”?
Had I turned into that kind of person? After that riot that had happened between Mired and me, the answer was easy, tearing open the bag and clutching a handful of green ice.

in hindsight, the opening was the strongest part of the book. :D

FOR THE Rest of the week: i’ll be reading Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. I’ve read Peony in Love which was….basically just me going nuts thinking why are these girls so reserved. I hope Shanghai girls will not be as tragic as the other one…

Posted: February 27th, 2011
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im not THAT lost
only a bit

Posted: February 23rd, 2011
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i was kind of hoping that you wouldn’t think that my handwriting looks like what it did in 003
this is my handwriting, at least in pencil anyway
everything looks a little bit different in different pens of varying smoothness
which bugs me a whole lot because sometimes i would have amazing penmanship but at other times it would just look sloppy because the pen is TOO smooth and i feel lazy with all the smoothness going on

my favorite pens are from muji
it writes amazingly well for one thing
and the other thing is that it writes amazingly well on the stacks of legal pads i have, some of the legal pads are kind of waxy? so my also equally amazing but less so on legal pads Staetdler pens dont write that well so…

yeah i like to talk about paper and pens..

Posted: February 21st, 2011
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47: The Great Gatsby

one day late, sorry, I also don’t know what I’ll be reading this week. Whatever is fine, maybe that one by Lisa See on loan to me from my coworker.

Seems like I’m not very fluent lately about the books I’m reading, as in I have no idea what I am typing here when I am typing here.

So instead I made a list about the things that I liked about it

- The title, alliteration, it never gets old
- The name Gatsby, first made a huge impression one me as a Japanese hair product brand, but naturally I’ve heard of the novel before the hair product
- Daisy, the entire time I imagined her as Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina
- The estate, also imagined as the estate in Sabrina, especially the scenes in the garden where they have these lavish parties
- The names, everyone has such amazing names

The writing is very concrete at times and superfluous at other times, which played as a nice contrast for me.

I also kept a list of paragraphs that I liked, but I lost that piece of paper, so I only have the page numbers from after page 80. If I ever find that piece of paper, which shouldn’t be too hard since it IS yellow, I shall update this.

page 80 For a while these reveries provided an outlet for his imagination; they were a satisfactory hint of the unreality of reality, a promise that the rock of the world was founded securely on a fairy’s wing.

page 95 We drank in long greedy hallows

page 120 His house had never seemed so enormous to me as it did that night when we hunted through the great rooms for cigarettes. We pushed aside curtains that were like pavilions, and felt over innumerable feet of dark wall for electric light switches – once I tumbled with sort of splash upon the keys of a ghostly piano.

page 121 There was a ripe mystery about it, a hint of bedrooms upstairs more beautiful and cool than other bedrooms, of gay and radiant activities taking place through its corridors, and of romances that were not musty and laid away already in lavender but fresh and breathing and redolent of this year’s shining motor-cars and of dances whose flowers were scarcely withered.

page 132 If that was true he must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream.

Posted: February 21st, 2011
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Posted: February 19th, 2011
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Posted: February 17th, 2011
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Posted: February 16th, 2011
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48: Kafka On the Shore

Finished this book today! quite late too. Unfortunately I didn’t take any notes during this reading and didn’t jot down any awesome quotations.

This has to be the most..weird Murakami work that i’ve read so far. I’m sure there are a lot of underlying themes that I didn’t fully grasp but I wish I had enjoyed this more, but I didn’t :(

Basically you are reading two stories that eventually overlap and it’s suppose to make you think and feel things, but I kind of had suspected the connection in the earlier chapters so it wasn’t too much of a surprise for me.

I was more interested in story A but as I read along story B became more interesting to me.

But it’s still worth reading if you have some time because it’s beautifully written and there is a lot of philosophy that you might otherwise never consider.


next week was suppose to be something lighter but I flipped through the few chapter or two and it wasn’t very good so next week i’ll read Ann Rice’s Of Love and Evil

One of the most beautiful covers i’ve seen in a while.

edit: sigh, i did not know anne rice is the author of the interview with the vampire, the novel started out beautifully and i did mention it had an amazing cover design. but yeah im not that into that..kind of thing..

the great gatsby is the book of the week then

Posted: February 13th, 2011
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world book club

i’ve been putting off on listening to the most recent installment of world book club because it’s an hour long and I can’t do anything when I listen to it. But I decided to go for a long walk today just so I can listen to the whole thing.

I think I tweeted a while back about how much i enjoy the world book club, mind you this is only my second time listening to it. I haven’t had the chance to go through their back archives because I’ve been busy on tumblr =_=

but anyways todayy they featured P.J. O’Rourke and his book: Eat the Rich poor wikipedia article

he was an excellent speaker with a great voice and humorous! I love books about important serious things like economics with humor injected in it, you slice it open with a sharp knife and with its guts spilling out, you stick it in, right in the center, kind of blunt, but that’s how things are best, blunt.

i dont know what i wanted to say other than that everyone should have a listen. they only meet once a month, but it’s a great podcast :D

here’s the link again

I will definitely be reading his works in the near future :D

Posted: February 10th, 2011
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