In Praise of Shadows – Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

Rating: ★★★★ 21/11/15 The preference of a pensive luster to a shallow brilliance. .   My quiet, soothingly minimalistic room seems of no consequence when juxtaposed with the unearthly beauty that Jun’ichirō Tanizaki described in this splendid essay on aesthetics.   A shōji. Lightning. Electric fans. The right heating system. Food. Architecture. Every detail to avoid … More In Praise of Shadows – Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

Japanese Made Easy: Revised and Updated – Tazuko Ajiro Monane

Rating: ★★★★ 25/09/15 はじめまして。フィレンツェ です。よろしくお願いします。 – Introduction. ありがとう ございます。 – Thank you. ごめんなさい – Sorry. すみません、ほんや は どこですか? – Bookshop! コーヒーをください。– Asking for all drinks and food you can think of. その 本 をください。 – Asking for that book. I think. すみません、病院 は どこですか? – Hospital, just in case. 。。。 が 食べたい です。– I’d like to eat – じゃ、行きましょう。It just … More Japanese Made Easy: Revised and Updated – Tazuko Ajiro Monane

El Escritor y sus Fantasmas – Ernesto Sábato

Rating: ★★★★ 17/08/15 A writer —and, I believe, generally all persons— must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to … More El Escritor y sus Fantasmas – Ernesto Sábato

A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments – David Foster Wallace

Rating: ★★★★ 01/03/14 Like most unbearably sad things, it seems incredibly elusive and complex in its  causes and simple in its effect: on board the Nadir—especially at night, when all the ship’s structured fun and reassurances and gaiety-noise ceased—I felt despair. The word’s overused and banalified now, despair, but it’s a serious word, and I’m using … More A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments – David Foster Wallace

Existentialism Is a Humanism – Jean-Paul Sartre

Rating: ★★★★ 29/07/14 Man is nothing other than what he makes of himself. — Jean-Paul Sartre   If you are interested in Existentialism, this is the book you should dive into. You will find an energetic Sartre defending his views on many subjects. I was immediately drawn to one opinion in particular: existentialism emphasizes what is … More Existentialism Is a Humanism – Jean-Paul Sartre

A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy – Miyamoto Musashi, Victor Harris (Translator)

Rating: ★★★★ 17/11/13 I do not know how I got here. I did not even know I had this book. But I am glad I read it. This book was written by Miyamoto Musashi, a Japanese swordsman that had his first duel when he was 13 years old. It is divided into five “rings” (earth, water, … More A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy – Miyamoto Musashi, Victor Harris (Translator)

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened – Allie Brosh

Rating: ★★★★★ 05/01/14 This is kind of how I look right now while writing these modest thoughts.     Do you see that smile? That little face. It’s like a child on sugar overdose after eating half a cake on his birthday during vacations at Disneyland. So, I’ll try to control myself. I was smiling since … More Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened – Allie Brosh

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops – Jen Campbell

Rating: ★★★★★ 29/08/14 Yes. From Faulkner to this. I read everything. Okay, almost everything. But lately, I’ve been enjoying these little jewels that are freaking hilarious. I fell in love with Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops only by looking at the cover (I just admitted that I judged a book by its cover, again). Do … More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops – Jen Campbell