Five Things About Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole

  1. Teju Cole is the kind of writer every.single.person should aspire to be. Breathtaking smart is the only way to be.
  2. His essays can be very intimidating, just like Susan Sontag’s, since they are so filled with knowledge and referents so few people know.
  3. But I also love the level of self-awareness he has towards himself, his privilege, and even his little prejudices.
  4. I think the essays I felt more uncomfortable with where the photography ones since photography is the artform I am least familiar with.
  5. He understands being a person who travels a lot, as opposed to the overused: “person who just loves to travel.” That´s all.

Jacobs by Marc Jacobs for Marc by Marc Jacobs

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Five Things About Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

  1. Scary and smart books are the best books.
  2. I really want to read her in Spanish. The translation is amazing, as anything by Megan McDowell, but I miss the music of Argentine writing.
  3. There is so much going on in such a small book. Like The Lover and so many other masterful novellas this packs so many themes it can feel opaque at times.
  4. It is definitely confusing at first to get the rhythm of it. Since narrator can switch and blend so much, but it is a well written book and it makes itself understood.
  5. I really, really liked the poison/environmental aspect of its plot. As I said, there is much this book is talking about. It’s the kind of book you want to have other people read so you can discuss it.

Strange and smart books are the only books. This book is not a picture with moms but it is about moms.

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Five Things About Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

  1. This book was recommended to me by a friend, and she was so right. Always listen to your friends.
  2. I found him absolutely hilarious. Like laughing-out-loud in real life hilarious.
  3. He is incredibly politically incorrect to a fault a couple of times. There was no need for some of the jokes and lines because they wind up being disrespectful and they were not the best part of the joke.
  4. I’m slightly confused as if to take this as fiction or nonfiction. But I can live with the doubt.
  5. I think that in a sense, it does speak quite darkly about American traditions.

Five Things About King Kong Theory by Virginie Despentes

  1. I believe this is one of the best books i´ve read so far this year.
  2. Virginie Despentes is relentless and smart. She is the kind of writer on feminism that writes from informed anger. That is not easy to achieve.
  3. I appreciate when books show me aspects of feminism that I had not considered before. In this case it was the importance of having a childcare system that truly allows women to be equal partners to men in the workforce.
  4. It is true that she glosses over the issues with prostitution because she had such “good” experiences, but her arguments showing how the banning of sex work is an utterly class related issue are very important.
  5. She is not perfect and I think that in regard to some aspects of modern feminism she would be considered highly problematic. Still, HIGHLY important book to read.

Five Things About Masters of Sex by Thomas Maier

  1. I had really enjoyed the show so reading a much fact-driven books was considerably less fun.
  2. To be honest, the lack of fun in the book is due to how awful Masters was in real life. In the show at least Michael Sheen is charming.
  3. The book was interesting and well paced. It conveyed information but it also knitted in enough backstory to make it entertaining. But it is not life changing.
  4. It is very interesting to see the complete circle American morals went through regarding sex.
  5. William Masters was a garbage person and he may have broken scientific ground, but he seemed to be shady and mediocre. It irks me that he got so far.

Five Things About House of the Sleeping Beauties by Yasunari Kawabata

  1. Comparisons are hateful. Having acknowledged that: why couldn´t Murakami be more like Kawabata and Mishima?
  2. I absolutely love the way he writes. How he sees, and the way he chooses the words to describe what he sees feels delicate, soft, and melancholic.
  3. But, why did it have to be such a strange and sexist subject matter? What is this disturbing fascination with young, naked, helpless women. The fact that the writing is so pretty but in such a weirdly violent situation makes it all the more disturbing.
  4. I can see and appreciate, to an extent, his wish to write about longing a youth than is right there but unattainable in the shape of the young women. But, why?
  5. I should read female Japanese writers. I´ll take suggestions.

Five Things About Dataclysm by Christian Rudder

  1. This was a fascinating book to read. Many of his conclusions I personally felt fairly predictable because they are the same things that I’ve come to understand of human behaviour. It is very different, though, to see “philosophical ideas” displayed in graphics and data.
  2. For the most part his pithy and sarcastic tone was good for the subject matter, but in plenty of other occasions it took away from the seriousness of what he was saying.
  3. As a personal preference I would have preferred less TOC pages. There were double spreads at the beginning of each chapter. That is just excessive or filler.
  4. I understand that since most of his data comes from Ok Cupid, the vast majority of his “essays” would be about relationships. But when he does chapters regarding topics outside relationships more, and more diligent research was needed.
  5. This was a very scary book, in a good way. It definitely changed the way I look at dating apps and the way people conduct themselves on them.