Last night my boys were watching Jurassic Park on TV, and it dawned on me that I had never read Michael Crichton's book. I saw the movie when it came out, and I enjoyed that very much. Perusing my bookshelves, too my surprise, I found that I actually owned a copy of the book, which I probably picked up at some used book sale or other. I now think this will be my first reading project of 2014.
"'You know women,' confided the fruitseller, 'they love little cats . . . they always love the helpless things. But when it comes to men, you know, they’ll want them cruel.'"
- Jack Kerouac, The Sea Is My Brother
"But let us be realistic. These ways of understanding the enemy are the prerogative of poets, saints, or traitors."
- Umberto Eco, Inventing the Enemy
"Fire is a metaphor for many impulses, from the fire of anger to being inflamed with amorous infatuation; fire is metaphorically present in every discussion about passions, in the same way as it is always linked metaphorically to life through the color that it shares with blood. Fire as heat governs that maceration of food matter that is digestion and shares with the feeding process the fact that, to stay alive, it must be continually fueled."
- Umberto Eco, Inventing the Enemy: And Other Occasional Writings
De winkel van boekhandelaar Pieter Meijer Warnars
I found this awesome picture of a painting by Johannes Jelgerhuis, entitled: "De winkel van boekhandelaar Pieter Meijer Warnars" or "The shop of the bookdealer Pieter Meijer Warnars."
"There’s no more complex, messy, community-wide argument (or 'dialogue'); political discourse is now a formulaic matter of preaching to one’s own choir and demonizing the opposition. Everything’s relentlessly black-and-whitened. Since the truth is way, way more gray and complicated than any one ideology can capture, the whole thing seems to me not just stupid but stupefying."
My New Year's Resolution!!!
I recently stumbled across this website the Edge, a place for intelligent debates and conversations. I found it very enlightening and fascinating… Stuff right up my alley!
BookRiot's 10 Best Top 100 Book Lists
I guess that speaks for itself! Happy New Year everyone!
Happy New Year's Eve... from C.S. Lewis
Quotes to ring in the New Year! Happy New Year my BookLikes friends! May 2014 be filled with reading and merry adventures!
"I felt like crying but nothing came out. it was just a sort of sad sickness, sick sad, when you can't feel any worse. I think you know it. I think everybody knows it now and then. but I think I have known it pretty often, too often."
― Charles Bukowski, Tales of Ordinary Madness
"Speech is civilization itself... The word, even the most contradictory word, preserves contact --- it is silence which isolates."
Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain
"I slept and dreamed that life was Beauty;
I woke, and found that life was Duty."
- Ellen S. Hooper, Beauty and Duty
It's a dreary day in Chicago, perfect for curling up with a book!!!
Dancing and books indeed!!!