Stambuł. W Oparach Miejskiego Absurdu – Agata Wielgołaska

Traditionally let's start from the title: Istanbul. In the fumes of urban absurd. I know, it's an awful translation, but that's all my brain can do today. I got this book from my mum. We went together to Istanbul in 2012 and it was a fantastic trip, we both fell in love with the city …

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King – Quotes

I felt pretty good, actually. When you're still too young to shave, optimism is a perfectly legitimate response to failure. By the time I was fourteen (and shaving twice a week whether I needed to or not) the nail on my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. …

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Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays) – Rebecca Solnit – Quotes

I know it is a lot of quotes, but I did find this book very important and Solnit has a gift of writing succinctly and directly about the things we'd rather not consider.  Naming is the first step in the process of liberation. There are so many ways to tell a lie. You can lie …

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Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays) – Rebecca Solnit

I read this book over Christmas (yes, I know it was a long time ago, but I'm doing my best to catch up) and despite it being quite short (just under 200 pages) it took me several days to finish it. Every time I stopped reading it I didn't feel like going back. Don't get …

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Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound, and Revolution of the Electric Guitar – Brad Tolinski, Alan di Perna

My Bigger Half is a musician, a guitarist, so when I saw this book in Judd Books during my bookshop-crawl, I thought it may be a good idea to learn a bit more about the instrument. Especially that with me being completely a-musical our conversations about music tend to be a bit one-sided. It was …

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Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold – Stephen Fry

I always loved Greek mythology, having read it when I run out of fairy tales and just before reaching for J.R.R. Tolkien. My first version was a pretty conservative, run-of-the-mill thing, but already then I was fascinated by the imperfect gods that succumbed to rage and passion so easily. Later I discovered a richer and a …

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