Category: art & literature

Books I’ve Read in 2019…

Total Pages Read: 3,520
Shortest Book: 96 pages
Longest Book: 512 pages
Fiction: 6
Non-Fiction: 2
Cookbook: 4
Poetry: 0

Last Book Read:
12. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Starr watches as one of her oldest friends is killed by a white cop during a traffic stop. In the aftermath, she must discover who she is, who her friends are, and what her voice will be. 512 pages. (Finished 17 Mar 2019).

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Books I’ve Read in 2018…

Total Pages Read: 6,746
Shortest Book: 176 pages
Longest Book: 688 pages
Fiction: 14
Non-Fiction: 2
Cookbook: 6
Poetry: 0

Last Book Read:
22. Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami. A thirties-ish painter is left by his wife and leaves his past life behind in the aftermath. Eventually moving into the house of his friends father (a famous painter in his own right), he discovers a never seen painting as well as his own desire for painting again. What happens afterwards is pure Murakami. 688 pages. (Finished 29 Dec 2018).

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Life after…

Like you’re walking along as always, sure you’re on the right path, when the path suddenly vanishes, and you’re facing an empty space, no sense of direction, no clue where to go, and you just keep trudging along. That’s what it feels like.

– from Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

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Don’t Miss It

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Movin’ On

New music from Glen Hansard.
Lyrics

Words that ring true recently.

Listen to the rest of the album on this playlist:

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Books I’ve Read in 2017…

Total Pages Read: 14,386
Shortest Book: 22 pages
Longest Book: 592 pages
Fiction: 36
Non-Fiction: 3
Cookbook: 6
Poetry: 7

Last Book Read:
52. 50 American Plays by Michael Dickman & Matthew Dickman.  My former classmates at the University of Oregon (and twin brothers) explore each of the fifty states with a short poem inspired by the format of a play.  110 pages. (Finished 30 Dec 2017).

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Books I’ve Read in 2016…

Total Pages Read: 9,998
Shortest Book: 86 pages
Longest Book: 624 pages
Fiction: 17
Non-Fiction: 9
Cookbook: 1
Poetry: 5

Last Book Read:
32. The Course of Love by Alain de Botton. A return to fiction and the story of our narrator from On Love. We learn more about who our narrator is and his background. We follow him as he journeys through the beginnings of the relationship that becomes his marriage and what follows over the course of it. 240 pages. (Finished 12 Dec 2016).

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Desires

“There were things Jacob wanted, and he wanted them from Julia. but the possibility of sharing desires diminished as her need to hear them increased. It was the same for her. They loved each other’s company, and would always choose it over either aloneness or the company of anyone else, but the more comfort they found together, the more life they shared, the more estranged they became from their inner lives.”

-From Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer

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Morning Song

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for lost friends

For Lost Friends

As twilight makes a rainbow robe
From the concealed colors of day
In order for time to stay alive
Within the dark weight of night,
May we lose no one we love
From the shelter of our hearts.

When we love another heart
And allow it to love us,
We journey deep below time
Into that eternal weave
Where nothing unravels.

May we have the grace to see
Despite the hurt of rupture,
The searing of anger,
And the empty disappointment,
that whoever we have loved,
Such love can never quench.

Though a door may have closed,
Closed between us,
May we be able to view
Our lost friends with eyes
Wise with calming grace;
Forgive them the damage
We were left to inherit;

Free ourselves from the chains
Of forlorn resentment;
Bring warmth again to
Where the heart has frozen
In order that beyond the walls
Of our cherished hurt
And chosen distance
We may be able to
Celebrate the gifts they brought,
Learn and grow from the pain,
And prosper into difference,
Wishing them the peace
Where spirit can summon
Beauty from wounded space.

– John O’Donohue (from To Bless the Space Between Us)

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