Book Reviews

VOX – Nicholson Baker – Book Review

Vox is the story of two voices, his and hers: two strangers who, having met on a telephone chat-line, switch to a private, one-on-one connection - and find it impossible to hang up. Literate, humorous, erotic, Vox is a classic of bedtime reading. There are many things - many intimate things - to talk about.… Continue reading VOX – Nicholson Baker – Book Review


The Sisters (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Look how the same possibilities unfold in their opposite demeanors, as though one saw different ages passing through two identical rooms. Each thinks that she props up the other, while resting wearily on her support; and they can't make use of one another, for they cause blood to rest on blood, when as in the… Continue reading The Sisters (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Book Reviews

50 Shades of Gray * E.L. James

I promised myself I would not read these books when they came out. They sparked a lot of media attention and with the exception of Johanna and a few Sydney Sheldon books, I have had no experience with written porn. (As I assumed they would be). The characters are likable and easily identifiable with -… Continue reading 50 Shades of Gray * E.L. James


Happy New Lunar Year

The 2015 Chinese Year is the 32 number in the sixty-year cycle called YI WEI and described in Chinese tradition like "Sheep respected by Others". 2015 is the year of Green Wooden Sheep (Ram, Goat). The upcoming 2015 year of the Sheep is the inspiring period; it will try to leave behind any unstable affair… Continue reading Happy New Lunar Year


Telling you all (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Telling you all would take too long. Besides, we read in the Bible how the good is harmful and how misfortune is good. Let's invite something new by unifying our silences; if, then and there, we advance, we'll know it soon enough. And yet towards evening, when his memory is persistent, one belated curiousity stops… Continue reading Telling you all (Rainer Maria Rilke)


He put the belt around my life (50 shades of Grey)

Emily Dickinson (1830–86). Complete Poems. 1924. Part Three: Love XXXII HE put the belt around my life,— I heard the buckle snap, And turned away, imperial, My lifetime folding up Deliberate, as a duke would do A kingdom’s title-deed,— Henceforth a dedicated sort, A member of the cloud. Yet not too far to come at… Continue reading He put the belt around my life (50 shades of Grey)