I hope you all had a nice Holiday yesterday and are enjoying the Black Friday shopping today.
I’m not much of a Black Friday person to be honest. The first time I’d ever even been outside the house on BF was my first year working retail lol.
But I always enjoy the online BF shopping.
Book Outlet is having a 30% off sale on everything and I think Thriftbooks is doing a Buy 4 get 1 free type of thingy.
I’d be more inclined to take part in these if I hadn’t just spent all of my money buying books over the last two weeks.
I feel silly that I didn’t think to wait until Black Friday 😩
Sorry about the lighting of this photo btw. I wrestled with it for a few minutes and just decided to slap a filter on and call it a day 😅
Anyway, I’m going to go grab a late lunch and then get back to bed and read some more.
I hope everyone has a great afternoon! 😊
#grimdragon - Free Day!!
#bookreadhappyhour - Leftovers
"High on something?”
“What you been taking?”
“Couldn’t find the fit,” he said, meaning that he had been trying to lock the door through which the dreams came, but none of the keys had fit the lock.
My August Reading! I went off my usual beaten path and read all sci-fi this month. I'm not very familiar with sci-fi, so through researching books, I learned more about the genre and sub-genres. More to my surprise, I had some interesting conversations and got recommendations from friends, I didn't know were sci-fi fans. ...
My favorite this month was "The Lathe of Heaven", with "The Dispossessed" in a close second. I really like Ursula K. LeGuin's writing (hence her being 1/3rd of this month's reading) - I'm looking forward to reading more of her award-winning work in the future. Her themes of feminism, truth, psychology, socio-politics, and home really spoke to me.
My August Reading was more than an exploration of the sci-fi genre, but also a step outside of my comfort zone. My opening-up to sci-fi, allowed me to share in others' love for a genre (I previously took for granted) and discover a new favorite author. Letting go of my usual routine and opening my heart to a new experience, led to whole worlds and ideas previously unknown to me!
Woof, couldn't put this'n down. Seriously brilliant and mind-consuming. "Those whom heaven helps we call the sons of heaven. They do not learn this by learning. They do not work it by working. They do not reason it by using reason. To let understanding stop at what cannot be understood is a high attainment. Those who cannot do it will be destroyed on the lathe of heaven." - Chuang Tse: XXIII
If y'aint read it yuh should read it. Fucking intense! #ursulakleguin#thelatheofheaven#scifi#books
Now I gotta track down the PBS film of it and get started on The Dispossessed!
Library haul 📚 Hoping these will cure my reading slump. 😩
Hamlet by the Charles River tonight was set in a natural amphitheater, with Millennial actors modernizing the play to mix original language with the new. It was very well done, and I think allows the lyrical language and themes of the play to be more approachable and gains rather than loses meaning. We change, and language as a tool follows such change. Another change was reflected. The play included both black and white actors, albeit just one black actor, who played Hamlet's mom, and a woman who played Horatio. I can't help but notice race and gender wherever I go. On a night like today, especially today with Virginia, I have such extreme and mixed feelings about being American in America and the type of country I hope to work for one day. Would it include me and others who seem different in the we, in We the People? How fitting that I'm finishing a chapter in Ursula Le Guin's book The Lathe of Heaven where reality changes based on a man's dream. In the current chapter's reality, everyone lives in a world of grey. Everyone is the color of grey, and there has never been racial tension. But there is still difference in disease status, origin, nationality, etc., and people killing each other. Bed time, for now, I think. #blacklivesmatter
11/52. #UrsulaLeGuin 's #TheLatheofHeaven is a wonder of poetry and philosophy and science. I'll share Philip K Dick's words about this book instead of my own: "One of the best novels, and most important to understanding of the nature of our world, is Ursula Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven, in which the dream universe is articulated in such a striking and compelling way that I hesitate to add any further explanation to it; it requires none." #52booksin2017#52booksin52weeks#bookstagram