Being Mortal

That’s the title of Atul Gawande’s latest book. A best seller on more than one list. A couple of days ago, drawn by Kottke’s sobs on twitter, I watched the PBS documentary too. Gawande leaves the impression of a man who seems to know what he does even if, at times, he claims the... [Read More]

The (art) Dealer

I knew about him but I never met him. I met his brother many times but I somehow managed not to lay eyes on him until today. And here he is: he is as tall as his brother is short and he is as thin as his brother is fat. But... [Read More]

Humboldt, Gauss and... Daft Punk

They have all talked about it. It is a very good book, they said. You have to read it! And I did. Kehlmann’s - Die Vermessung der Welt. Yes, it does a very good job at portraying two great scientists: one running around the world, getting bitten by mosquitoes, crawling... [Read More]

So now get up!

“Felled, dazed, silent, he has fallen; knocked full length on the cobbles of the yard. His head turns sideways; his eyes are turned toward the gate, as if someone might arrive to help him out. One blow, properly placed, could kill him now.” That is how Wolf Hall begins. And... [Read More]


… I’m back, again! The little time I have these days I seem to spend online. Might do me some good leaving all that reddit stuff alone for a while… and all those RSS feeds that keep coming and coming. I seem to think that I know more and that... [Read More]

Books, exhibitions, movies...

Books: Sarah Thornton – Seven Days in the Artworld. Well, this was an eye-opening book. I did not read it for the plot (there is none) and the writing itself is rather weak and often self flattering. There’s not much in the way of an analysis of the artworld (from... [Read More]

Sora Exacta

Citesc din Sora Exacta a lui Iulian Tanase. E altfel decit Iubitafizica. Foarte altfel. Mai timpuriu? Probabil. Ceva descoperit in sertarul cu insemnari. Probabil. // Sfirsitul lumii a avut loc deja si noi continuam sa traim ne prefacem ca sintem vii ne sarutam pe gura pina ametim mergem la cite... [Read More]

The Human Stain / The Reader

The Human Stain. The movie. I read the book long time ago and liked it. But it was only now that I got to see the movie. Which isn’t bad, but does not match the book. It’s not easy to match it, anyway, as it is pretty densely packed with... [Read More]

Richard David Precht

While running I had the chance to hear a discussion on the radio with Richard David Precht. I heard about his latest book and wanted to read it, but now I have second thoughts. It started pretty interesting anyway. And I thought the guy had a certain sense of humor.... [Read More]

Men and Women

I finished reading Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. I have to get used to his style. There is none actually. He just writes. His technique of shaving off any words and phrases which are not vital for the plot is visibly at work. There is no subtlety, there are no... [Read More]


I’ve only read half of The Sun Also Rises but I think  I can somehow spot the Americanness of Hemingway. Yes, I did not read any Hemingway until now but I got a whole collection with most of his books and I do intend to read them (all). After half... [Read More]

LeClezio / Chabon / Dawkins

LeClezio  – Poisson d’or I read this in French. Had all the time in the world, but it went rather fast. The whole book is in the title: the gold fish that slips away. It gave me the impression though that at times it moved a bit too fast (as... [Read More]
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Greece / 2009

And Greece it was! Athens, Santorini, Sunio and Pelion. Quite a line-up! Overall impression – not too crowded this year. I guess the economic crisis has something to do with it. I’ve been told, in Greece it is common to get a loan from the bank in order to go... [Read More]

Boating for Beginners

Last week I read Winterson‘s Boating For Beginners. Hilarious. It reminded me of Eddie Izzard and of The Life of Brian. It was really fun to read. Just consider this: Gloria had chosen to be nothing in order to avoid being her mother’s something. – ‘Denise, I love my breasts. I... [Read More]

The Brooklyn Follies

What did I say? If you need good old plain storytelling, you go to Auster. He never fails you. The Brooklyn Follies is good to read. Despite the fact that Nathan sounds more than often a bit too all-knowing (although Auster tries to hide that by sometimes making him begin... [Read More]
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From Kundera’s Identity: ‘Why are we living? To provide God with human flesh. Because the Bible, my dear lady, does not ask us to seek the meaning of life. It asks us to procreate. Love one another and procreate. Understand this: the meaning of that “love one another” is determined... [Read More]

The (almost) Daily

Kundera’s Identity. I read this book before. If I am not mistaken, I read it in French. Now, it was in English. It is not as gripping as the other Kundera books but it is worth the ensuing meditation, nevertheless. And somehow it did not come alone. It’s a bit... [Read More]

Oh, yeah! Kitchen Confidential!

And yet another passion! It’s been there, all along, but now it gathers steam up and it is ready to burst. Kitchen Confidential opened up another world to me. OK, I knew a bit about food and eating, I like cooking and I cook whenever I have the chance, but... [Read More]

Kitchen Confidential?

Now I read from Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential. I started reading it accidentally and I find it quite interesting. All this kitchen stuff… food… eating… cooking…. Perhaps I’ll stop being a vegetarian because of this book. We’ll see… [Read More]

Lord of The Flies

William Golding – The Lord of The Flies. Not a complicated book, at first sight, but just the opposite as you try to analyze it. Somehow, I tend to associate it with Odilon Redon. Is it the symbolism that infuses both Golding and Redon (although both are of very a... [Read More]
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Bukowski & Hosseini

Finished Bukowski’s Factotum. Man, was he drinking! I almost got intoxicated just by reading how much and how often he drank. The word ‘drank’ itself popped up in almost every other sentence! Drinking and women. That’s pretty much it. And trying to find work in between, to be able to... [Read More]
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More books on the read list

The Beautiful and the Damned (Fitzgerald), Vonnegut’s Breakfast of the Champions, Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and (soon) Factotum (Bukowski). I like the classics. With Fitzgerald one is transported back to the “good old days” when things developed slower and lured you like a good black and white photo.... [Read More]
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Haddon and Marquez

I did quite a lot of reading on the new Personal Reading System (Sony PRS700): Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, which is quite easy to read. Somehow simple and complicated at the same time. Simple because it is narrated by someone who needs... [Read More]
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Plath and Cortazar

While waiting for the other books I started listening to Sylvia Plath’s Bell Jar – an audio book narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal (somehow, a very good choice to narrate such a thing). It was not easy, though. Listening for several hours to thoughts on how to commit suicide is not... [Read More]

Too Loud a Solitude & Minotaurs

Too Loud a Solitude – done. Hrabal – on my side. It’s a small book – 98 pages. It reads well and it flickers now and then with wonderful stuff. “Because thoughts come from outside and travel with us like the noodle soup we take to work”. (2) Citing from... [Read More]
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Pessoa / Alvaro de Campos

I spent several hours translating from Carpenter’s essay on the strength of Greenberg’s aesthetics and I find it weak. Very weak. And, therefore, difficult to translate. Now, I started with a text from Greenberg himself and it goes as smooth as possible. I am wondering if it is already translated... [Read More]

The Ballad of the Sad Café

After Borges I read a bit from Anna Sam’s hyped Leiden einer Kassiererin. Read about 50 pages in an hour or so. Quite a change of direction, ain’t it? I interrupted it and started The Ballad of the Sad Café, by Carson McCullers. I bought this book at a flea... [Read More]
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This and that

Borges’ stories are dry. Although they spawn on several pages, what they say can be said in a couple of sentences. They are not funny, nor poetical, nor sparkling… but they are interesting. They explore a realm of possibility and give it a certain form, a certain Gestalt. It is... [Read More]


something quite amazing happened to me on saturday. we were walking down landstraße in linz. it was cold and it rained. fine drops and, occasionally, a snowflake or two. with every step i just wanted to be away, somewhere warm and drink a cup of tea. and then i saw... [Read More]

Some more books

ma numesc rosu (my name is red) – orhan pamuk. remind me not to read pamuk again! he is gripping (every once in a while) but not always. he may be funny. his writing has strength. but no beauty. i thought it was the language. i read ‘snow’ in english.... [Read More]


some books i read lately. gyorgy dragoman – regele alb (the white king). wow! that was a ride! thank you! mircea cartarescu – orbitor. corpul (glaring. the body). somehow, not as exciting as the first part. one feels the anguish he has in staring at the white paper, waiting to... [Read More]
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