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Month: January, 2013

judging books by their covers

my sister’s friend writes for the guardian (what an amazing job!) and she recently did a piece on classic pelican book covers. the designs are all amazing – and the subject matter looks interesting (?) … i want them all for my bookshelves.

see the full article here.

they flee from me

this is the poem that we read in my first lecture on my first day of studying literature at university. this lecturer was the best and whenever he read anything aloud i would just be completely transfixed.
they flee from me that sometime did me seek
with naked foot, stalking in my chamber.
i have seen them gentle, tame, and meek,
that now are wild and do not remember
that sometime they put themself in danger
to take bread at my hand; and now they range,
busily seeking with a continual change.
thanked be fortune it hath been otherwise
twenty times better; but once in special,
in thin array after a pleasant guise,
when her loose gown from her shoulders did fall,
and she me caught in her arms long and small;
therewithall sweetly did me kiss
and softly said, “dear heart, how like you this?”
it was no dream: i lay broad waking.
but all is turned thorough my gentleness
into a strange fashion of forsaking;
and i have leave to go of her goodness,
and she also, to use newfangleness.
but since that i so kindly am served
i would fain know what she hath deserved.
sir thomas wyatt

the puppet boy of warsaw

just after christmas i received a mysterious package in the post. it turned out to be a book i’d applied to review through the waterstones facebook page – they do this cool thing where you can apply to review a new book for their website. all you do is sign up on facebook and then if you get through they send you a copy and you just have to write what you think on their website.

i was sent the puppet boy of warsaw by eva weaver, which tells the story of mika, a jewish boy (and his puppets) who survives his time spent in a polish ghetto and follows him into the modern day. i found this book to be both beautiful and thoughtful and although it deals with extremely difficult subject matter the story constantly highlights the strength of human kindness against the odds. every human emotion seems to be shown in this book and i found it really hard to put down once i started. i highly recommend it.

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i put off writing about this book for ages because i was trying to put my thoughts in order about trying to say how important writing about the holocaust is and then today (international holocaust remembrance day) i saw this post on one of my favourite blogs and she wrote it better than i could ever try to explain. another book focused around the holocaust is one that i think everyone should have to read. it is the graphic novel maus by art speigelman. i can’t explain how important i think this book is. it is things like these books that are so important in forcing people to remember so that an atrocity such as this will not happen again.

sunday song

for my best friend who is a million miles away and whom i will miss very much

 

pond life

a new magnifying glass to watch the large amount of leeches and inedible shrimps floating around our small aquarium…

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magic

this short film is one of my favourite things to watch, i cry every time. it’s just so good. if you like books you will definitely love this. it makes me want to learn to repair books even more.

my favourite magazine

i have been subscribing to this magazine for over a year now and every time a new issues falls through the letterbox i leap with happiness. i used to love buying and reading magazines but one by one i was getting fed up of how magazines aimed at females are just full of things that you must buy or diets that you must go on or 1 billion ways to improve your sex life.

oh comely is full of none of these things. it is a beautiful magazine that feels quiet and nice – like a blanket. it has funny, thoughtful and intelligent articles that will always be interesting and diverse. i have stopped buying other magazines because i am always so disappointed, but oh comely never disappoints me. ever. i wish it was an endless magazine. i cannot express how much i love it.

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here is their website.

sunday songs

i’ve recently become a little obsessed with france gall. especially this first song which for some reason sounds really familiar but i can’t work out where from… the second song definitely is familiar because it is the original french version of a song i’ve loved for ages – ‘chick habit’, from the deathproof soundtrack….

forever learning, learning forever

on january 28th i am starting a free online introduction to philosophy course along with 70,000 other people from all over the globe. since graduating this summer i’ve missed education but i know it’s not financially viable or useful for me to do any further study at university. so when i heard about the new (free!) online university courses i got really excited. overexcited in fact. i spent 4 hours trying my hand at computer programming before realising that it just wasn’t for me. but this is the good thing about them – they are free. it doesn’t matter, but when you find a course for you it means that you will really want to work at it.

so i have been patiently waiting for my introduction to philosophy class to start and now it’s only 10 days away!

https://www.coursera.org/course/introphil

new diary

i usually just get the plain black moleskine diary for the new year, but this time i went a little crazy and splashed out on the limited edition ‘le petit prince’ version. i’m glad i did. it’s beautiful. every day i look in it, it makes me feel happy.

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p.s. if you haven’t read the little prince you definitely should – it’s the most beautiful allegorical story ever.