On seeing the 100% perfect girl by H. Murakami

by Haruki Murakami One beautiful April morning, on a narrow side street in Tokyo’s fashionable Harujuku neighborhood, I walked past the 100% perfect girl. Tell you the truth, she’s not that good-looking. She doesn’t stand out in any way. Her clothes are nothing special. The back of her hair is still bent out of shape from sleep. She isn’t young, either – must be near … Continue reading On seeing the 100% perfect girl by H. Murakami

The Dance of Life, 1899 by Edvard Munch

In the “dance of life”, the protagonist is the female and the courtship phase seems to be the central and most significant part of life for the female, depicted by the actual dance in the painting. The young girl on the left is dressed in white, smiling, anxiously anticipating this phase, waiting for the dance to take place. She is sorrounded by others who are … Continue reading The Dance of Life, 1899 by Edvard Munch

Marina Abramovic on seeing

Marina Abramovic, one of the most influential contemporary performance artists. She has explored the extremes of bodily performance and pain as well as those of the relationship between the artist and his audience, and finally the intimate relationship between one human being to another. This photo depicts her performance at the Museum of Modern Art, which was a culmination of her work in the last … Continue reading Marina Abramovic on seeing

Wake up thirty-year-olds by Oriana Fallacci

Shortly after turning thirty, I read this article from the famous Italian journalist Oriana Fallacci. You can find it in its original Italian here. Below is the main part in English:
…[the thirties] are beautiful because they are free, rebellious, the outlaw years, because the anxiety of waiting is over, the melancholy of decline has not yet started, because we are lucid, finally, at thirty! Continue reading "Wake up thirty-year-olds by Oriana Fallacci"

Let’s begin

First post. First day. First blog. Beginning – noun, the most difficult and beautiful part of everything we do. And no matter what we begin, we still stay beginners at something forever. “Beginners” perfectly portrays this predicament we find ourselves in. Some of the best lines in the history of film. And the reason we stay beginners is perfectly captured by Wislawa Szymborska in: Nothing … Continue reading Let’s begin

Wrap your heart in hobbies and luxuries – C.S. Lewis

“There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe … Continue reading Wrap your heart in hobbies and luxuries – C.S. Lewis