News for January 2015

The Strange Library

by Haruki Murakami

I remember browsing through Amazon right after I ordered Colorless Tsukuru…and seeing the pre-order for a book called The Strange Library. Its release date was only a few months after Colorless…normally knowing how long it takes to get a murakami book translated..I was baffled at the immediate release….

I acquired the book recently and read it in one sitting. Because you can read it in one sitting. Well, technically, you can read any book in one sitting, but this one especially since it’s so petite.

The Book is designed and art directed by famous cover designer Chip Kidd, but he did a lot more for this story than for his other hired gigs. There were numerous images running throughout the pages. They weren’t all original drawings or art, a lot of collected images from the internet made the cut in low resolution (but I think that’s the point).

It’s a very beautiful little compilation. And for ten bucks, what else can you get? Like a fancy coffee? In my opinion, it’s not the best Murakami read, it’s too short for it to be savored. And his, at times, long-winded style can only be truly enjoyed in its full capacity. I did’t get much out of this little book but I still enjoyed it. It’s a nice piece of art to have at home and to flip through at times.

If you’re a huge murakami fan, you should probably get it. but If you are just an average reader of his, you can probably peruse this at the library in twenty minutes.

All the books that I’ve been reading lately…have been petite. Well, I’m pretty busy with catching up on all the Oscar noms you know (i’m kidding but I have been watching more movies than reading books lately, also I think my attention span has been shot…)

Posted: January 18th, 2015
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If this isn’t nice, What is?

by Kurt Vonnegut ]

I received a copy of If this isn’t nice, What is? for Christmas. It is a collection of Kurt Vonengut’s graduation speeches at various universities across the country. I am receiving my masters (MASTERS???) of Business (BUSINESS????) in advertising come May, so the gifter thought it’d be an appropriate read.

I love Kurt Vonnegut. I always see him as a wise uncle that I never had. He inspires me to live with more humility. He inspires me to be a better person…after all he is a humanist.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Even though there are few speeches in between with similar themes running through each of them. They are valuable at any stage of a graduate’s life.

But! If you are itching to buy a collection of something of Vonnegut’s… I recommend his collection of letters much more. It is an amazing read. You’ll learn that he’s every bit genuine in his real life as he is with the public and media.

I hope to update this blog a lot more…though it feels bleak.

Posted: January 17th, 2015
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