On Anthony Bourdain: When we grow up we want to travel and eat and write like him

#theunreadshelfproject2018 : read 2 -- unread 77 We are reading and watching Bourdain backwards. Not that we do this on purpose. It's just how we discovered him. He came to our attention during the last season of No Reservations. We immediately enjoyed his honesty. He does not give us a glossy, touristy, how-to, where-to guide … Continue reading On Anthony Bourdain: When we grow up we want to travel and eat and write like him

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In Love & Trouble: Stories of Black Women by Alice Walker

#theunreadshelfproject2018 : read 1 -- unread 78 There are thirteen short stories in this book. I've read four and I find no desire to read more. These are two words that keep coming into my head while reading: Bitter Resentful These are silent women who unquestionably submit - prisoners to the status quo, and yet … Continue reading In Love & Trouble: Stories of Black Women by Alice Walker

We promise to finish reading our books

There are some words out there that are brilliantly evocative and at the same time impossible to fully translate. Yiddish has the word shlimazl, which basically means a perpetually unlucky person. German has the word Backpfeifengesicht, which roughly means a face that is badly in need of a fist. And then there’s the Japanese word tsundoku, which perfectly … Continue reading We promise to finish reading our books

I don’t get What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

I understand that this short story collection by Raymond Carver is a modern classic and has a cult following. It deserves it. In my readings, I don't know how many times I've encountered other writers allude to the title. Even Murakami named his memoir after this book. And yet I don't understand it. Or to … Continue reading I don’t get What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

Desire (1928) by Paz Latorena: Her body’s a wonderland

Re-reading the 50 Best Philippine Short Stories of the Twentieth Century - Story #2: It's written by another woman who's a student of Benitez, but this time she writes about a woman who's issue is also the issue of every other woman: her body. But while most women are concerned with their bodies' lack of perfection, this … Continue reading Desire (1928) by Paz Latorena: Her body’s a wonderland