Quotes that made me want to read Charles Bukowski’s work

“… and we are in bed together laughing and we don’t care about anything …”

— The Most Beautiful Woman In Town

 

“My ambition is handicapped by laziness”
 Charles BukowskiFactotum

 

“Is it over?”

“Yes.”

“Does she still love you?”

“I think so.”

“Then it’s not over.”

— Women

 

“Stop insisting on clearing your head — clear your fucking heart instead.”

— Selected Letters Vol. 4 (1987-1994)

 

if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you’re not ready.

So You Want To Be A Writer

 

“Boring damned people. All over the earth. Propagating more boring damned people. What a horror show. The earth swarmed with them.”
 Charles Bukowski

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Art and Culture Week and Challenge

Starting this Saturday, 14th of April-Saturday, 21st of April I will be focusing on having one form of art taking place each day. Meaning, every day for a week I will be watching films, reading books or learning about different individuals and their art. As someone who puts off any activity that helps them indulge in art due to limited time, I need to prioritize it more often. So join and keep it up with me.

This will be the schedule

Saturday: Film

Dazed and Confused (1993)

Sunday: Film

Pulp Fiction

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Monday: Film

Annie Hall (1977)

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Tuesday: Book

The Alchemist or The Outsider

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Wednesday: Listen to a Podcast about Frida Kahlo

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Thursday: Film

Clerks (1994)

 

Friday: Documentaries

Jesus Camp (2006)

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What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

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Saturday: Any Murakami novel

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RE: February Goals. An Update

A few months ago, I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish. This is how I’m doing.

 

  1. I wanted to upgrade my predicted grades in order to get into the university I wanted. Last month, however, I had an interview with a university I viewed as an impossible goal. I was told I would hear from them in at least a month. The next day, I got accepted. This means more due to the fear university caused me. I was so afraid of not being good enough. I started looking for work experiences and internships in Mexico at a radio station. I will still love to do it. But this time, when I do, it won’t be out of the immense feeling of being lost and not feeling worthy of a next step in my life.
  2. I wanted to start photography. I am currently struggling financially and therefore will not be getting a camera any time soon. My phone doesn’t have enough storage either but I am making the most of it. I have made physical copies of all of my favourite photographs. And more importantly, I started a podcast: A different medium of expression.
  3.  The next few goals were about eating and sleeping. I haven’t been strict on them but I listen to my body now. So, I eat and sleep when I need to and when I want to, while going for options that benefit me.
  4. Reading. I have been reading more. Not as much as I would like to, but definitely more.
  5. I wanted to keep writing on this blog. And I have. I am happy that I have been prioritizing my happiness and the things that keep me excited.

March Wrap Up and April TBR

I’ve always loved seeing into people’s to do’s and the tasks they have accomplished. Mostly because I’ve always been too lazy to do them myself. But no I finally can, so these are the books I have read, films I have watched and the material possessions I was too eager to purchase:

 

March

       The first book I read was ‘Books vs Cigarettes’. I first bought this book last summer.

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I brought it with me to Athens when I met the person I am now with. I gave him my copy because I was sure we would see each other again. And we did. We’ve travelled to see each other every month since. But I never got my copy. Now we each have one. And it wasn’t as good as I had hoped it would be. I love George Orwell and his simplicity with language. I love the manner in which he prioritizes his views over the way they are written. The first few poems are absolutely mesmerizing due to my immense interest in both subjects included in the title. However, I think I spent too much time thinking about it for it to be the way that it was. 34623632

The next book I read was flux. Now, this is the most beautiful cover I have ever seen in my life. And I’ll make good use to it as I have a lot to say about it. However, it wasn’t great. The poems reminded me of those I had written when I had first started to write and thought that compiling their printed evidence could somehow turn into a book. Which is exactly what I think Orion thought. Before I say more, however, I need to say that Orion Carlotto is the best YouTuber I have even watched. Her way of forming art which directly represents her mind is unbelievably beautiful. And maybe that’s why I was so disappointed with this. I expected a ‘Milk and Honey’ type of work and it was, but I think the book got published too late as there was nothing surprising about it. Maybe seeing her written view as an update to each poem, noting the progress her feelings have made would have made it special. But again, the cover is the most beautiful work of art I have yet seen.

call-me-by-your-nameCall me by your name. The most beautiful film I have ever watched. The filmatography is something I have always taken for granted until I watched this film. The setting, the clothes, the book editions, the language, the casual smoking, the apricots, the water. Everything about it made me realise that I wasn’t the only one who viewed paradise in that exact way. After watching the film, I bought the book. And I loved it. I wish I would read it first, however, in order to feel the excitement that I felt during the film with the tension, watching the film to view what I had pictured. Nevertheless, the experience granted by this storyline is something I have been waiting for. And this lived up to it. This month I have gravitated towards aesthetically pleasing forms of art and I can’t wait to encounter more pieces that grab me the way this one did.

 

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April

The books that I want to read:

Frida Kahlo’s Photography book

How to be Parisian Wherever you are

 

White Nights

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And

A Moveable Feast

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Let me know in the comments what books you plan on reading and if you can, recommend any books you think are worth reading,

 

Thank you,

Angela

24 Hour Read-a-thon 

One of my ‘February Goals’ was to read without feeling guilty of the way it consumes my time. So I have decided to have a 24 hour period this weekend where I’ll try to read these books:

Books vs Cigarettes

George Orwell

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Burned

Ellen Hopkins

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Down and Out in Paris and London

George Orwell

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Hear the Wind Sing

Haruki Murakami

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Some Thoughts on the Common Toad

George Orwell

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The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho

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I will attempt to read from 00:00 Saturday until 00:00 Sunday and I will try to get people to join me,

Angela

February Goals

After prolonging a set of goals, due to the immense fear of failing when tackling them, I have decided to act on the consuming thoughts of what my life could be. Writing them down will push me as it will no longer be a part of the thoughts that provoke me to sit and think of the things I want to accomplish.

  1. I will act more rather than put it off. Procrastination is a normalised factor obtained by a tired individual. I want to upgrade my predicted grades now that I found the perfect university for me. in order to do so, I will work from 4-7 during weekdays. I will write every essay to my fullest potential, rather than simply getting it done and feel proud of doing an average piece of writing.
  2. I will start fulfilling my desire to start photography. I will work with what I have now and will only think of possible cameras once I know it’s truly for me. I have been putting this one off for the past 2 years as I thought I could only start filming or doing photography once I had a proper camera and a prominent editing software.
  3. I will stop eating unhealthy meals in order to feel like I’m taking a proper ‘study break’. This has never felt rewarding and I need to go back to my eating habits as to internally feel as though even if I haven’t accomplished something that day, I was good to myself in some way.
  4. My sleeping issues. After 3 years of insane lack of sleep and numerous naps during the daytime, I need to give myself the advice I rush to give friends who prioritised studying over sleep. I will enjoy my mornings enough to motivate me to have them. I want to sleep early and wake up at 6 am. It will be an extreme change as for the past years, 6 am has been the time I would start closing my eyes. That extra hour before getting ready will be used to finish any tasks I would have stayed up for. It will be used to have my morning coffee and read. Now that I am in a long-distance relationship, calling late at night has made me feel as though I had to sleep late for the call to be worthwhile. After communicating this with my boyfriend, he has made it clear that my sleep is a priority. And I’m grateful for that.
  5. I will read regardless of the fact that I have other things to focus on. If the previous points work, I should have time for everything. And I cannot wait to get my time back.
  6. I will start writing on this blog again. I will do it for myself, regardless of the small amounts of views. The things I write will continue to be for me and the people who I am privileged to share it with.

Books I Want To Read in My Lifetime

These are some of the books I’ve left on my bookshelf, waiting for something to happen, waiting for something in my life to occur. To read them at a significant point in my life. Because I’ve always believed they were worth that wait. Some I’m waiting to read when I fall in love. Or out of love. For a train ride. Or a sunny day. And some I’ve looked for everywhere and haven’t found yet. But these are the books I would choose if I were to only read 20 more books for the rest of my life.

A Farewell to Arms

Hemingway

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Love Story

Erich Segal

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   Stoner

John Williams

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Animal Farm
George Orwel

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Books vs cigarettes

George Orwell

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Down and Out in Paris and London

George Orwell

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The Idiot

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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The Anatomy of Being

Shinji Moon

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Women

Charles Bukowski

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Factotum

Charles Bukowski

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7,300 days

Isabella Mente

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Eighteen Years

Madison Kuhn

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I’ll Tell You in Person

Chloe Caldwell

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The princess saves herself in this one

Amanda Lovelace

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A box of Matches

Nicholson Baker

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Fermata

Nicholson Baker

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We Should All be Feminists

 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth

Warsan Shire

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Salt.

Nayyirah Waheed

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Bluets
Maggie Nelson

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