Short Stories: Reasons to read them and places to find them

I’ve been reading quite a bit of short fiction lately –mostly while putting off other Important Things that I should rather be doing– and I was surprised to find out that you can find excellent ones online (and for free). There are many reasons to read short stories. My top two are a) they are … More Short Stories: Reasons to read them and places to find them

ThoughtsFromBooks: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

    I’ll start with a confession. I don’t read books more than once[1]. (No, not even Harry Potter.) Now before you go sharpening your pitchforks and gathering the townsfolk, let me explain. I don’t reread books because there are always so many new ones waiting to be picked up and there’s only so much … More ThoughtsFromBooks: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

ThoughtsFromBooks: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

In some schools of Buddhism, bardo (Tibetan བར་དོ་ Wylie: bar do) or antarabhāva (Sanskrit) is an intermediate, transitional, or liminal state between death and rebirth. Wikipedia   Since the days of the beats, the Bardo Thodol has been known in the west as The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Waking life, dreams, meditation and in particular, … More ThoughtsFromBooks: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

ThoughtsFromBooks: The Circle by Dave Eggers

I picked up The Circle, one frosty afternoon, entirely by chance. A friend was running late; the November air had an unforgiving bite to it; the bookstore was warm and hosting its annual Christmas sale. (It’s particularly hard to find reasonably priced English books in the small German town I currently inhabit.) And so I … More ThoughtsFromBooks: The Circle by Dave Eggers

ThoughtsFromBooks: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

True terror isn’t being scared: it’s not having a choice in the matter. -John Green       The reason I start with this quote instead of any other is simple. TATWD is a frightening read. But not in the way Stephen King is frightening. There are no tangible monsters in this book. No balloon … More ThoughtsFromBooks: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

ThoughtsFromBooks: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

How to tell a shattered story? By slowly becoming everybody? No. By slowly becoming everything. I picked up ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’ without reading the back cover blurb, or really anything about it (including the reviews). From my casual forays into the bookish side of the internet I had gathered that this was a … More ThoughtsFromBooks: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy