Category Books

Rambling with Alain de Botton’s “A Week at the Airport”

This past July a friend mentioned Alain de Botton’s A Week at the Airport (2009) when I texted him from Heathrow Terminal 5 waiting for my connection to Chicago. A couple of days later, after unpacking was done and I was settled back home again, I ordered the book but then I didn’t read it […]

One book a month: Nomadic suggestions for your year of reading

Transnational and nomadic reading suggestions, one book a month, in a tour around the globe. January – A new beginning. Winter. We go to Italy with Italo Calvino’s IF ON WINTER NIGHT A TRAVELER (1979). A novel of multiple beginnings, for a meta-fiction galore. Its Chapter One offers a stunning, memorable example of an opening […]

“The Great Gatsby” or “Twilight”? – An Irreverent ‘Game of Quotes’

Is F.S. Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby a literary masterpiece? No doubt that Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight is just a (not so well written) novel for (female) teenagers. But are literature and popular culture so different? Guess from which book I took each of the following quotes, The Great Gatsby or Twilight.  After you’ll have played this irreverent […]

Book spine poetry vol. IV – Body Awakening

The Awakening of Sense and Sensibility: Possession Under the Skin. Click on Creative from the Home page to see a list of my other Book spine poetry compositions.

Best (or worst) 10 …

It’s that time of the year when “The Best 10 something” syndrome attacks us. I surrender to the end-of-the-year-need-to-list-pathology and I’ll give you 10 lists of 10 [insert category]. Difficult to limit to 10 for books, films, and  music, so the 10 books, films, and albums I’ve listed are just the first that came to […]

DYING ON HALLOWEEN – With words, music, and moving images

Last year I posted a Halloween-inspired Book spine poetry and a playlist in which each tune was accompanied by a reading item (and in one case, a film). This year I’m doing the reverse: I’ll start from a literary source – a poem, a novel, or an essay – and will create a dialogue with […]

Book spine poetry vol. 3: “Lost in Snow”

Winter Storm Q hit mid-Missouri on Thursday. 24 hours later the landscape around my house resembled tundra more than an urbanscape. Snow is fun for kids and it offers very photogenic opportunities for photographers. It may enhance the ego of all those supermachos who feel good in shoveling driveway after driveway. For all others, what’s […]