Archive for August, 2012

27
Aug
12

Currently Reading – Embracing the Ordinary

I recently picked up a book called Age of Absurdity – Why Modern Life Makes it Hard to be Happy,  by Michael Foley. It was part of a pile of books that a friend was looking to part with so it was free. Bonus! This book, like the review notes, looks at how our approach to modern life often leaves us more unhappy and dissatisfied with what we have, even when we have a lot. So when I saw another book by Michael Foley in the book store, I grabbed a copy: Embracing the Ordinary – Lessons from the Champions of Everyday Life.

Embracing the Ordinary

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05
Aug
12

Reading Yukio Mishima

We are pushing on successfully with the theme of Japanese authors. The latest read was The Sailor who fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima. I did not know about Mishima when I purchased this book. I just happened to see some titles by Mishima in a random bookstore I visited. I chose from among the selection of titles by the author. It was noted at the time of purchase that the back cover explanations of the stories all sounded quite depressing. So I opted for the shortest book by Mishima.

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And thank goodness.  Any book that has a graphic scene of kids killing and skinning a kitten should come with a warning sticker on the front cover notifying explicitly and disturbing content inside.




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