The Jabberwocky

August 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

Hopefully, one day I can read this poem, “The Jabberwocky“, by Lewis Carroll (from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872) – just like it is read by Sir Christopher Lee. Now this is what I call a bed time story. If you have seen and read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, then you get what I mean by “bed time story” 😉

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Bookshelf Porn

August 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

I love books.
I admit, I am addicted to books.
So, upon seeing this, I am jealous.
One day, I will have my own library.

Go here to http://bookshelfporn.com/archive to pick your favorite one
or just getting a major bookgasmic.

Thirty Books Everyone Should Read Before They’re Thirty

August 24, 2010 § 2 Comments

The Web is grand. With its fame for hosting informative, easy-to-skim textual snippets and collaborative written works, people are spending more and more time reading online. Nevertheless, the Web cannot replace the authoritative transmissions from certain classic books that have delivered (or will deliver) profound ideas around the globe for generations.

The thirty books listed here are of unparalleled prose, packed with wisdom capable of igniting a new understanding of the world. Everyone should read these books before their thirtieth birthday.

Note from me: I like it because it’s a great combination of fiction, philosophy, life skills, spirituality. I’ll make a list of my own 30 book combination soon 😉

1. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (*my personal favorite)
A powerful story about the importance of life experiences as they relate to approaching an understanding of reality and attaining enlightenment.

2. 1984 by George Orwell
1984 still holds chief significance nearly sixty years after it was written in 1949. It is widely acclaimed for its haunting vision of an all-knowing government, which uses pervasive, twenty-four/seven surveillance tactics to manipulate all citizens of the populace.

3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The story surveys the controversial issues of race and economic class in the 1930s Deep South via a court case of a black man charged with the rape and abuse of a young white girl. It’s a moving tale that delivers a profound message about fighting for justice and against prejudice.

4. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A nightmarish vision of insane youth culture that depicts heart wrenching insight into the life of a disturbed adolescent. This novel will blow you away … leaving you breathless, livid, thrilled, and concerned.

5. For Whom the Bell Tolle by Ernest Hemingway
A short, powerful contemplation on death, ideology and the incredible brutality of war.

6. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
This masterpiece is so enormous even Tolstoy said it couldn’t be described as a standard novel. The storyline takes place in Russian society during the Napoleonic Era, following the characters of Andrei, Pierre and Natasha … and the tragic and unanticipated way in which their lives interconnect.

7. The Rights of Man by Tom Paine
Written during the era of the French Revolution, this book was one of the first to introduce the concept of human rights from the standpoint of democracy.

8. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
A famous quote from the book states that “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.” This accurately summarizes the book’s prime position on the importance of individual human rights within society.

9. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (*my personal favorite)
This novel does not have a plot in the conventional sense, but instead uses various narratives to portray a clear message about the general importance of remembering our cultural history.

10. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Few books have had as significant an impact on the way society views the natural world and the genesis of humankind. « Read the rest of this entry »

Looking For Your Face

August 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

Rumi touched my heart and soul, from the moment I picked up this book: Rumi – Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)

And this is one of my all time favorite poem by him.

Looking For Your Face.

From the beginning of my life
I have been looking for your face
but today I have seen it.

Today I have seen
the charm, the beauty,
the unfathomable grace
of the face
that I was looking for.

Today I have found you
and those that laughed
and scorned me yesterday
are sorry that they were not looking
as I did. « Read the rest of this entry »

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