Archive for March, 2013

On ‘face’ & ‘book’

March 24, 2013

facebooks1I can’t help agreeing with the view shared by a friend of mine’s father on Facebook – ‘too much face in there and not much book.’

Facebookers and Bookfacers. Stauses. Talking to the wall. Status quo.

Sometimes one’s face is in the wrong book.  Other times – the reverse is true. (Images: 123RF)

Portrait of the Poet as a Young Man

March 22, 2013

plamenI have known Plamen Petrov for years as a blogger, among a number of other professional activities, but it was only today that I discovered he had been into poetry years ago and couldn’t help posting a short Portrait of the Poet as a Young Man. From his Poem book (in Bulgarian):

zenALMOST ZEN ІІІ

Our bodies cannot part,
While our souls never met.
And there we are – split.
A soul without body.
A body without soul.

Spring 2013

March 20, 2013

Spring 2013 came with a big smile. What springs to mind are flowery memories and Wordsworth’s Daffodils:

daffodils‘I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils…’

Daffodils. Sunshine. Spring. Beauty galore.

The Angels’ Share

March 14, 2013

The Angels’ Share (2012) – a brilliant movie about finding a way out of a hopeless life  through a chance given in the form of Harry (John Henshaw). The underlying allegory of those 2% of an alcoholic liquor lost to evaporation during the distilling process is superbly intertwined in the story. Outstanding acting. Despite its spicy taste (as malt whiskey) all along, the ending is worth a whiskey cheers.

The Happiness of Blond People

March 8, 2013

The Happiness of Blond People: Elif Şafak’s Personal Meditation on the Dangers of Identity. When faced with the choice between one identity and another, most make one decision, but in case of an option of multiple attachments, the decisions people make are not necessarily the same. And as often seen in discussions the less someone knows about something, the more easily I/he/she draw/s conclusions about it.  So true: “In this life, if we are ever going to learn anything, we will be learning it from those who are different from us.”

Interrelatedness

March 7, 2013

interrealtednessI had the Honour to meet Elif Şafak in Sofia about a year ago when her book ‘Honour’ was published in Bulgaria but as the US publication date is today, I cannot help linking to Claire‘s review, as I am very much interested to read how people from across the globe perceive it.

On top what spontaneously amazes me is how a writer crossing cultures makes it possible for people sharing the same passion for good reads to getting to know each other just through the power of words.