Book Review: The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

Nicole Krauss is one of the best young American writers. She has been featured in the New Yorker and other prestigious literary magazines, and she’s also Jonathan Safran Foer’s wife, the new Wunderkind of American Literature.

The History of Love is her second novel, and it follows the life of Leo Gursky, an elderly man who lives all alone – a very pathetic and senseless life. Basically he just wants to die. The beauty in all this lies in the fact that Gursky once wrote a novel for the woman he loved. The History of Love. So, yes, this is meta-fiction, and it’s one of the very best novels of this type I’ve encountered. Continue reading

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5 Simple Steps To Drastically Improve Your Writing

If you’ve always wanted to share your thoughts and ideas and stories with the world, then surely you’ve asked yourself this simple questions: How do I become a better writer?

Well, even though it takes years and years of practice, following these five simple steps will drastically improve your writing. Continue reading

Book Review: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes is at the height of his career, and that is easy to see. This novel, though short, delivers a strong message, made ever more poignant by an author who is relaxed in his style, who knows clearly what he can or can’t do.

My opinion is that art, in all its forms, has the main purpose of making people feel. Minimalism, dadaism, all the postmodern currents that have altered art and stripped it naked of all embellishments are proof of this theory . And ever so often, readers find a piece of writing to be remarkably beautiful. Whether is a fragment of description, or a particular quote that has a lasting effect on them. But Julian Barnes uses beauty scarcely, as if he knows that a reader can get diabetes if the prose is trying to achieve too much. He delivers a fantastic last line in the ending of the first part, which I loved because it was that clever and it made so much sense and struck a particular truth within the narrative itself. Continue reading

Book Review: The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida

“There are two ways to deal with woman and world without compromising your true gifts or dribbling away the force of your deep being. One way is to renounce sexual intimacy and worldliness, totally dedicating yourself without distraction or compromise to the path you choose to pursue, free of the seemingly constant demands of woman and world.

The other way is to “fuck” both to smithereens, to ravish them with your love unsheathed, to give your true gifts despite the constant tussle of woman and world, to smelt your authentic gifts in this friction of opposition and surrender, to thrust love from the freedom of your deep being even as your body and mind die blissfully through a crucifixion of inevitable pleasure and pain, attraction and repulsion, gain and loss. No gifts left ungiven. No limit to the depth of being. Only openness, freedom, and love as the legacy of your intercourse with woman and world. Continue reading

Book Review: Dune by Frank Herbert

Even though I wrote an article on why this novel is so difficult to adapt into a movie, I didn’t review the novel. It’s time to do just that now.

Few novels have exerted such a tremendous influence on me. Frank Herbert’s masterpiece, and undeniably one of the very best SciFi novels ever written, takes a life of its own over the span of the first few pages.

The universe the story is set in is complex — a vast intergalactic empire working as an intricate mechanism, a lasting feud, and all the treacherous games that are a part of the never ending struggle for power among the powerful.
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Book Review: Yesterday’s Gone

To be honest, I only started reading this novel because I liked this idea of serialized fiction. E-books and self-publishing make it easy. And, yeah, the premise was quite intriguing. So I bought the first season and started reading.

Though serialized fiction is not that new or groundbreaking, these two guys make it work really well. They have multiple POVs, multiple story-lines – basically everything is layered out like a TV show. And, of course, each episode ends with a cliffhanger. Continue reading

12 books that will make you cry

Art is supposed to make you feel something, right? And what more can you ask from a book other than to be moved by it in such a way that you end up shedding a few tears?

Also, psychologists claim that crying is kind of good for releasing stress and making you stronger emotionally, so here are twelve books that are guaranteed to make you cry. Continue reading