Reader’s book recommendations for a writer – part last

This is the last book recommendation post for Yudhanjaya Wijeratne. It’s under three minutes of reading time. So you have more time to read these books. Or the first and second posts of book recommendations. Why bother with all this? These posts are not guerrilla marketing. I’m not a fan boy. Just someone whose been … Continue reading Reader’s book recommendations for a writer – part last


Kick ass poetry worth checking out

I avoid poetry as a survival instinct. There are a few poets that make the exception. Bukowski for one. Green Tea diaries is another. The first is dead. The second is not as prolific as she used to be. Thankfully there's the latest member of the trinity "Life that Demands to be Noticed". I've blogged … Continue reading Kick ass poetry worth checking out

Bukowski at home – Zen moments from paper books in an E Book era

I have been a fan of Charles Bukowski's poetry for years. He's one of the few poets I read voluntarily. Bukowski stands out because I have a stockpile of his books collected over the eons. The photo in this post is my evidence. I naturally prefer his poetry over prose. The later poems over the … Continue reading Bukowski at home – Zen moments from paper books in an E Book era

The Dwarf

You are walking down the street when someone suddenly grabs you by the collar, recites a story with quivering intensity and lets you go. More than an year later, you still fell the intensity of the story even through you may not recall the words. That's my experience of reading Pär Lagerkvist's book "The Dwarf". … Continue reading The Dwarf

I Am a Cat – a good read

2 main factors that I found this book to be an enjoyable read are: The writing style "feels" like it was written by a catThe observations about human social/behaviour are hilarious. All of which might seem surprising as it was written in Japanese by Natsume Sōseki over a century ago. The whole meeyow is on … Continue reading I Am a Cat – a good read

Source of good book recommendations

I have never been disappointed by a book reviewed by The Economist magazine. Now I find myself turning to the books and arts section when I get each week's edition. It is a weekly map to buried treasures. My first spectacular find (many years ago) was Michela Wrong's book about Mobutu Sese Seko's Zaire In … Continue reading Source of good book recommendations

Enduring Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway's "For Whom the Bell Tolls" is a tedious, tiring book. I'll leave it to Wikipedia to fill you on its story. I slogged through the book anyway — with the author being so acclaimed and all. I came away unimpressed and wondering what the fuss is about. Everything about the story is exhausting. … Continue reading Enduring Hemingway