Books! Awards! Jump!

Goncourt, Renaudot, Fémina : it’s the literary prizes week in France. Books! Awards!

As soon as the names come up, herds of obedient consumers rush to buy the books – which are sold out, of course.

I wonder why. Do people want the book because they don’t know how to choose a story by themselves? Do they just pavlovically trigger-happy-obey to primary medias impulse? Is it something like mimetic desire (Google it, but it’s the way a kid want “this” red toy-car just because someone wants it)?

I don’t know, but I have a solution.

If you consider that geting awarded means it’s a good book, just move a little back, to last year, or ten years ago, whatever. What if the Pulitzer of 2014 STAYED good?

You’ll find plenty more good infos on the web about each book. You’ll find a pocket book version. You’ll find it cheaper on Craiglist, and you’ll disobey a little to cattle movements. Little pleasure.

Have a nice day with a book!

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“I’ll put this one on my SOB (Stack of Books)”

Librarians, booksellers, booklovers : we all know the SOB, the Stack of Books (to read).

In French we call it the PAL (la pile à lire).

You know this, right? You just bought a book, or you’re just being stung by a subject (thus you picked up some books in your shelves).

  • It can be a couple of books, but it can be two dozens, or a whole shelf, yeeeesh.
  • It can be a real stack, or a stack… in your mind.
  • You can read them in order, or begin all of them all – so there!
  • While you attack your stack, you’ll probably add more books on it.

Yes, it’s sisyphian.

It leads me to this (if it’s a pattern) : Don’t we all have other “stacks”? Things to do? Things to think about (when I have a little time alone)? Things to talk about when I’m with this person? Clothes (to iron, obviously)? Methods? Recipes? How do we choose into a stack ?

Isn’t a stack a list made real?…

Here’s my current one. I invite you to post yours in the comments 🙂

Have a nice day!

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The reader who doesn’t read

I know plenty of book lovers, but this Type is rare…

The reader who doesn’t read.

There’s this man I see in the bookstore twice a week or more. He subscribed to many weekly magazines and wants to buy every book with good reviews. Let’s say : between 5 and 10 books a week.

Little by little, by what he was saying, I figured it out : this guy hasn’t got the time, didn’t take the time to read any of them. None. It is like a compulsive need to get everything’s “good” for critics.

I have a friend who lived for a few years with a man who was the same : he kept buying books and CDs, but she told me he doesn’t love to read, he never reads, he just pile dozens and dozens of them.

So one could wonder. Let’s try :

  1. Compulsive buying disorder.
  2. A fear to miss something.
  3. A way to say “I’ll read these later, when I’m retired”.
  4. Imposture (“I want to look like an intellectual”).
  5. A vicarious will to look like someone he knows.
  6. A way to hide a big “something is missing in my life”.

 

In a way, in each case, I find so much sadness. Like a big rush, a big energy to do something, but unable to really plug it to reality, to brain. Big appetite, but no acumen…

This Type uses a pattern. What would be this pattern in other areas? Fakery, impostureness? What shades do we find, between doing this just on surface, like a cheater, a fake, or doing it with a good will, deeper, a bit like “being lost, in fact, in the emptiness”. Compulsive liars, wrong artistic projects…

A reader who never reads, awwwee poor man!

 

Thanks for… reading!

 

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P. Chamoiseau Quote : “For whom has no questions…

For whom has no questions, books remains sleeping treasures. The breadth of the question one asks to oneself, one applies to the world, nourishes the amplitude of response. If the question exists, everything begins to answer.

“Pour celui qui n’a pas de questions, les livres demeurent des trésors endormis. L’ampleur de la question que l’on se pose à soi, que l’on applique au monde, nourrit les amplitudes de la réponse. Si la question existe, tout se met à répondre”.

Patrick Chamoiseau

 

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Photo : Mona Kuhn

Instant Kharma (and books)

This morning I decided to offer a dozen books to the free-books-box of the TGV train station of Lille.

With a little advance on my schedule I went into a second hand bookstore where I found in an awe a great book about one of the most interesting photographer of today : Jeff Wall.

A pearl! Thank you, my good Norwegian Angel!

What I read

Didi-Huberman is a great thinker for images. Aperçues is a great short texts books. Full of ideas and subtleties.

A fabulous, clever book about Miles Davis. Puts me in fields I don’t know well (Jazz). Plenty of great patterns about management, intentions, creativity…

One of the many books written by C. Juliet. Diaries : introvert curious intelligent writer.

Hustvedt has a storytelling talent. Novel writer, she talks about science and psychology, about thinking living watching, mixing her life with science nuggets.

Kundera because you have to go back to him from time to time. Irony. Hair splitting cleverness.

Koolhas because architects have a great way to think about invention and civilization.

A Taschen about impressionism. Cheap and gorgeous.

Contre Culture : a dictionary of exploring ideas in culture : music arts photos…

Julie Manet wrote her diary : a teen within poets ans painters in the 19th. Just adorable.

An old French intellectual wrote a little book about how all is a failure. Obviously I had to read it.

A little book about Kupka a forgotten painter.

A ferocious mess about how the world is crazy.

A “made in Belgium” book make by a great spirit I met. Could be translated like “Fuck it I dare!”. Self help… the French way.

Finishing Manet‘s biography. The first modern painter. An infinity of great ideas and patterns.

A hungry French clever book about everything.

A great (Belgian) portal about the greatest French philosopher of the century.

Thanks for reading!

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Books on a Bench : #serveyourself #📚

We have more and more “Boîtes à dons” (donations boxes) and other Books-Boxes in the city, but I prefer give mine on bus benches, or in parks. I let a note : “Free, serve yourself”.
Usually if I have to come back there (after errands for example) I see people exploring the pile or I see… nothing.
Have a good day!
JP

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