If you're like me, you go ga-ga for mythical creatures and beasts, or perhaps you just love animals? Either way you will love this book. 'The Mythical Zoo' looks at the part that creatures play in mythology, literature, art, science and religion and reads as a "beautifully illustrated, masterfully composed love letter to the animal kingdom."
I hadn't actually heard of this guy until I picked up this book in the store. This is some funny shit. If you are after highly inappropriate humour that is. If you are at all sensitive to smut and filth then CAUTION: the video below may cause some form of medical disorder! As will, possibly, his book.
I heard Ann Dowsett-Johnston on Radio NZ National talking about her book a few weeks back. She spoke very candidly about why she chose to out herself as an alcoholic to the world by writing a book about it. I commend her. What a fantastic and honest thing to do. Us kiwis are pretty heavy handed on the booze in general. The fact that the US considers four standard drinks consumed at one time to be an act of binge drinking, and in NZ that number is increased to seven drinks, is concerning in itself! I think this book could be a real eye opener to many of us who reach for a glass of wine after a hard day. That in itself isn't an issue, but it can lead to one when life gets harder and one glass is no longer enough.
"As she brilliantly weaves in-depth research, interviews with leading researchers, and the moving story of her own struggle with alcohol abuse, Johnston illuminates this startling epidemic, dissecting the psychological, social, and industry factors that have contributed to its rise, and exploring its long-lasting impact on our society and individual lives." - Blurb.
Well she won the Man Booker prize for it so it must be good, huh? And if not, perhaps a door stop for the batch? Or one of those secret hollow book boxes? Kidding! Kidding! I actually just bought this for my father in law so I hope it is good. Mariana is reading it at the moment too, (among about five others) so I'm sure she will review it after she is done (aye?) Justine Jordan of The Gardian had this to say of The Luminaries:
"… according to astrological principles, so that characters are not only associated with signs of the zodiac, or the sun and moon (the "luminaries" of the title), but interact with each other according to the predetermined movement of the heavens, while each of the novel's 12 parts decreases in length over the course of the book to mimic the moon waning through its lunar cycle."
Clearly I am obsessed with alcohol at the moment! Perhaps I am hanging out for a drink this time of year? Or perhaps it is because I am a writer?
This book sounds very interesting. I haven't read it yet at all, but I want to. Why? Well here's the blurb:
"This is shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Biography Award. Why were so many authors of the greatest works of literature consumed by alcoholism? In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing takes a journey across America, examining the links between creativity and drink in the work and lives of six extraordinary men: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever and Raymond Carver. Beautiful, captivating and original, The Trip to Echo Spring strips away the myth of the alcoholic writer to reveal the terrible price creativity can exert."
I have to say it though, would've been cool if at least one of the boozy writers was a woman.
Jennifer Saunders is just hilarious. Do I really need to say more? No. But I will. Sometimes I feel crazy. Mad even. When you feel like a crazy person it can be nice to read about other people who are also crazy, as it makes you feel less crazy. Safety in numbers kind of thing I guess. Must read!
I haven't read this yet. I have been meaning to. I think Mariana has this book so I must borrow it from her. I'll tell you all about it, after I've read it.
It is set in Jackson Mississippi in 1962, that alone sounds intriguing. The Times described it as "A big warm girlfriend of a book" Oooh that sounds good!
This book is just hilarious from the get-go! Even the first sentence is a hoot "When I first selected myself to write the foreword for my book I was flattered and deeply moved."
I received this book yesterday in the post and I am already half way through. A rip-roaring read! I have almost peed my pants multiple time whilst reading it, which is funny because a lot of the book is all about how Ms Silverman struggled with bedwetting into her teens (hence the title). One thing is for sure. This gal is wacky! She writes a lot about poo and wee and vaginas. I know! Just what I was thinking! My kindred spirit!
Lots of love and sandy bits.