Last time I cut out a page from a book was from Bukowski, don’t worry, I framed it. This is the second time, when the cut-out page formed into a box. I simply did what the poet asked. There is something about “dictate” —
Alice Miller’s always challenging the authority. In terms of psychoanalysis, she challenges Freud’s analysis where he attributes patients’ painful memories to their fantasy, sex drive, rather than something that might really happened. Without an Enlightened Witness (Alice Miller’s words), the patient might get confused even more, dare not to confirm the real pain that his or her body tried to tell. Alice Miller wrote about Virginia Woolf
This book by Yahia Lababidi is a collection of aphorisms throughout decades. The style of aphorisms is elegant, thoughtful and well categorised. Some of them dealt with the modern life — social media, phones, etc. Some of them are about the most basic and common traits that we human beings still retain. Sometimes people forget that.
While reading poetry, sometimes we could “identify” the portrayed pain, as if we were the soul living in that body. When words draping over our shoulders, sometimes they can be equally heavy.
All kinds of “intimations” were forced upon us during the global epidemic, Zadie Smith collects them, ponders them, delves into them. I suppose “intimation” could only be enjoyable while it is voluntary, certainly not the case in Quarantine.
This is the most powerful book I have read in five years! The book exceeded my expectation in every aspects! Normally I am not the person recommending books to my friends, but this is the book that I think every man, woman, girl, boy, teen should read, before it’s too late!