11 lecturi pentru toamnă

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”

(Albert Camus)

A venit toamna, să ne acoperim mintea cu ceva. Nu, nu cu o căciulă, mai bine alegem CARTEA, să nu care cumva să ne amorțească și nouă simțurile odată cu natura. Ceva amuzant, ceva terifiant, șocant și incitant, un pic pasional, o doză bună de real, dar și fantezie cât cuprinde. Adică o listă de lecturi pentru toamnă în care le găsiți pe toate acestea. Câte ceva pe gustul fiecăruia. Unele sunt proaspăt ieșite din cuptorul lui august, alte vechi, dar mereu actuale, însă fiecare din ele s-a bucurat de o atenție specială din partea celor care le-au devorat deja.

Republic Of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers and Rebels

 Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers and Rebels, by Alissa Quart

“Technology is not a form of resistance unto itself; it can often be a tool for passivity as much as anything.”

 “[A] cultural entrepreneur of a sort, selling an idea of transformation to a broader public as well as consuming it himself. He and his peers were creating the ideas they needed to nourish their sense of self. They were propelled by the broad and nearly sacrosanct American belief that the point of life was happiness, and they felt they could achieve that happiness if they could just alter the gender norms they were born into.”

 “The people in this book have turned their disabilities, limitations, or seemingly marginal positions into strengths. Living in the digital age has helped them do so. The Internet has supported people who tend to extremes to express themselves and allow them to be read by others who would otherwise be far beyond their reach, sometimes becoming more wholly themselves in the process.”

The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct

 

The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct, by Thomas Stephen Szasz

“It taught me, at an early age, that being wrong can be dangerous, but being right, when society regards the majority’s falsehood as truth, could be fatal.” 

 “It is customary to define psychiatry as a medical specialty concerned with the study, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illnesses. This is a worthless and misleading definition. Mental illness is a myth. Psychiatrists are not concerned with mental illnesses and their treatments. In actual practice they deal with personal, social, and ethical problems in living.”

“mental illness is a social construct and that what psychiatrists label ‘mental illness’ is in fact what society has labelled ‘deviant’”

 

The Wisdom of Psychopaths

The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, by Kevin Dutton

“What if our better nature wasn’t better after all? But was instead, well, just nature?” 

“The psychopath has no difficulty dealing with the consequences of rapid change. In fact, he or she thrives on it,”

 “Organizational chaos provides both the necessary stimulation for psychopathic thrill seeking and sufficient cover for psychopathic manipulation and abusive behavior.”

“The neural tsunami of madness need not, in other words, wash apocalyptically up on the crystalline shores of logic.”

When God Was a Woman

When God Was a Woman, by Merlin Stone

“Perhaps when women and men bite that apple–or fig–at the same time, learn to consider each other’s ideas and opinions with respect, and regard the world and its riches as a place that belongs to every living being on it, we can begin to say we have become a truly civilized species.”

“Theology is ultimately political. The way human communities deify the transcendent and determine the categories of good and evil have more to do with the power dynamics of the social systems which create the theologies than with the spontaneous revelation of truth from another quarter.” 

“The classical historians, imbued as they were with the customs of patrilineal descent and monogamy, besides looking on women as the chattels of their menfolk, completely misunderstood the situation and have misinterpreted it to the world.”

 

The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker

 “sometimes men want what they don’t have because they don’t have it. Even if everyone offered to share, they would only want the share that wasn’t theirs.” 

“Chava,” he said, “it’s a cruel irony that you have the most difficulty precisely when those around you are on their best behavior. I suspect you would find it much easier if we all cast politeness aside, and took whatever we pleased.”
She considered. “It would be easier, at first. But then you might hurt each other to gain your wishes, and grow afraid of each other, and still go on wanting.”

“You cost me any chance of at happiness…
I gave you boundless knowledge instead…
A poor second.”

Life After Life

Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson

“What if we had a chance to do it again and again, until we finally did get it right? Wouldn’t that be wonderful?” 

“Ursula craved solitude but she hated loneliness, a conundrum that she couldn’t even begin to solve.” 

 “I think there is something wrong with the human race. It undermines everything one would like to believe in, don’t you think?” 

 “Sylvie’s knowledge, like Izzie, was random yet far-ranging, ‘The sign that one has acquired one’s learning from reading novels rather than an education…” 

 “Most people muddled through events and only in retrospect realized their significance. The Führer was different, he was consciously making history for the future.”

The Professor of Poetry

Professor of Poetry, by Grace McCleen

 “A poem wrapped in brown paper. A man, a woman, a city, and a past that must not be remembered.

Elizabeth Stone, a respected academic, has a new lease on life. In remission from cancer, she returns to the city where she was a student over thirty years ago to investigate some little-known papers by T. S. Eliot, which she believes contain the seeds of her masterpiece; a masterpiece that centres on a poem given to her when she was eighteen by the elusive Professor Hunt.”

 “Professor Stone was not a vain woman but her hair was the one physical feature she liked: its mass offset her shallow forehead … its weight suggested health and abundance in one  who was slender to the point of thinness; its chestnut warmed an otherwise wan complexion, made excuses for the porcine fairness of her lashes, and added a note of colour to a person  who would otherwise have appeared muted in the extreme.”

 

Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex

Sugar in My Bowl, by Erica Jong

 “When it comes to sex, what do women want? In this eye-opening and courageous collection, Erica Jong reveals that every woman has her own answer.

 Susan Cheever talks about the “excruciating hazards of casual sex,” while Gail Collins recounts her Catholic upbringing in Cincinnati and the nuns who passionately forbade her from having “carnal relations.” In “Everything Must Go,” Jennifer Weiner explores how, in love, the body can play just as big a role as the heart. The octogenarians in Karen Abbott’s sharp-eyed piece possess a passion that could give Betty White a run for her money. Molly Jong-Fast reflects on her unconventional upbringing and why a whole generation of young women have rejected “free love” in favor of Bugaboo strollers and Mommy-and-me yoga.

 Sex, it turns out, can be as fleeting, heavy, mundane, and intense as the rest of life. Indeed, Jong states in her powerful introduction “the truth is–sex is life”

 

Night Film, by Marisha Pessl

“…deep-diving love, a love that excavates you. It’s something you have to have before you die in order to have lived.”

“People had an illogical, self-serving rationale when it came to interpreting the behavior of others.” 

“You journalists bulldoze life’s mysteries, ignorant of what you’re so ruthlessly turning up.” 

 “Because every one of us has our box, a dark chamber stowing the thing that lanced our heart. It contains what you do everything for, strive for, wound everything around you.” 

“There was quantum mechanics, string theory, and then there was the most mind-bending frontier of the natural world, women.”

Vampires in the Lemon Grove

 

Vampires in the Lemon Grove, by  Karen Russell

 “Women revert to their maiden names in Heaven, Rutherford feels fairly certain. He can’t remember where he learned this–France or the Bible.” 

“Still, I’m not convinced that you were right, Dai–that it’s such a bad thing, a useless enterprise to reel and reel out my memory at night. Some part of me, the human part of me, is kept alive by this, I think. Like water flushing a wound, to prevent it from closing. I am a lucky one, like Chiyo says. I made a terrible mistake. In Gifu, in my raggedy clothes, I had an unreckonable power. I didn’t know it at the time. But when I return to the stairwell now, I can feel them webbing around me: my choices, their infinite variety, spiraling out of my hands, my invisible thread. Regret is a pilgrimage back to the place where I was free to choose. It’s become my sanctuary here in Nowhere Mill. A threshold where I still exist.” 

You Are Not So Smart

You are Not So Smart: Why Your Memory is Mostly Fiction, Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself , by David McRaney

“You are a confabulatory creature by nature. You are always explaining to yourself the motivations for your actions and the causes to the effects in your life, and you make them up without realizing it when you don’t know the answers. Over time, these explanations become your idea of who you are and your place in the world. They are your self… You are a story you tell yourself.” 

“…you can’t rage against the machine through rebllious consumption.” 

“When you need something to be true, you will look for patterns; you connect the dots like the stars of a constellation. Your brain abhors disorder. You see faces in clouds and demons in bonfires. Those who claim the powers of divination hijack these natural human tendencies. They know they can depend on you to use subjective validation in the moment and confirmation bias afterward.” 

Author: Elena Silvana

Scriu și citesc, iar asta îmi ocupă tot timpul. Cred în anticipație și în curiozitate ca fiind cea mai pură formă de insubordonare. Nici o poveste nu poate fi spusă fără poezie. Arta nu ar trebui să fie separată de viață ca și cum ar fi prea prețioasă pentru utilizarea de zi cu zi. Poate tocmai de aceea deviza mea este: dream, create, inspire.

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  1. Articolul asta ma face sa ma simt foarte bine, poate pentru ca-mi place toamna, sau poate pentru ca-mi creste pofta pentru citit, sub o patura, cu o cana de ceai alaturi si cu un covor de frunze colorate in jur.

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