Reading shorties: “The Five” by Hallie Rubenhold

Reading shorties: “The Five” by Hallie Rubenhold

"The fibers that have clung to and defined the shape of Polly, Annie, Elisabeth, Kate, and Mary Jane’s stories are the values of the Victorian world. They are male, authoritarian, and middle class. They were formed at a time when women had no voice, and few rights, and the poor were considered lazy and degenerate: [...]

Reading: “The Makioka Sisters” by Junichiro Tanizaki

Reading: “The Makioka Sisters” by Junichiro Tanizaki

“She [Sachiko] was sometimes startled at the thought that she spent more time worrying about her sisters than about her husband and her daughter, but they were like daughters—they were on a level with Etsuko in her affections, and at the same time they were her only friends. Left alone, she was surprised to note [...]

Reading: “Sweet Forgiveness” by Lori Nelson Spielman

Reading: “Sweet Forgiveness” by Lori Nelson Spielman

As I’ve already stated several times before, I’m a cover whore. Most often, this leads to interesting books I wouldn’t necessarily read. Sometimes, this leads to me discovering that the beautiful cover is indeed the only remarkable feature of a book. “Don’t judge a book by its cover” goes both ways I’m afraid. Unfortunately, Spielman’s [...]

Reading: “L’art de la simplicité – How to live more with less” by Dominique Loreau

Reading: “L’art de la simplicité – How to live more with less” by Dominique Loreau

This week’s minimalist reading is sort of mixed a blessing: Dominique Loreau introduces different ideas of minimalism from ‘oriental’ (as she calls it), European and American backgrounds. Born in France, she lived in England and the US and traveled through Canada, Mexico, and Central America before settling in Japan, where she has been living for [...]

Reading: “ADD-friendly ways to organize your life” by Judith Kolberg and Kathleen G. Nadeau, PhD

Reading: “ADD-friendly ways to organize your life” by Judith Kolberg and Kathleen G. Nadeau, PhD

“Without organizing strategies that work with your ADD, life is not what it can be, should be, or what you are capable of.” (Xi) Dr. Kathleen Nadeau is an expert on ADD, Judith Kolberg is an expert in organizing. Together they created a safe haven for the chaotic ADD mind to find appropriate solutions for [...]

Reading: “Enough” by John Naish

Reading: “Enough” by John Naish

“We drown out the big questions by marching behind the brass band of infinite ambition. It’s a march that apparently need never end: today’s idea of success increasingly involves attaining unprecedented levels of health, power, and celebrity.” This quote is from 2008. It resonates with pretty much every time frame from the late 80ies to [...]