Literary bound

A book has a life of it's own. So many hands have touched it, millions of eyes have seen the printed words, minds have imagined and been in inspired, and the past, present, and future is recorded in it. So please, sometime or anytime, just pick up a book and READ!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Jorge Luis Borges is 112!

The Art of Poetry by Jorge Luis Borges

To gaze at a river made of time and water
and remember Time is another river.
To know we stray like a river
and our faces vanish like water.

To feel that waking is another dream
that dreams of not dreaming and that the death
we fear in our bones is the death
that every night we call a dream.

To see in every day and year a symbol
of all the days of man and his years,
and convert the outrage of the years
into a music, a sound, and a symbol.

To see in death a dream, in the sunset
a golden sadness such is poetry,
humble and immortal, poetry,
returning, like dawn and the sunset.

Sometimes at evening there's a face
that sees us from the deeps of a mirror.
Art must be that sort of mirror,
disclosing to each of us his face.

They say Ulysses, wearied of wonders,
wept with love on seeing Ithaca,
humble and green. Art is that Ithaca,
a green eternity, not wonders.

Art is endless like a river flowing,
passing, yet remaining, a mirror to the same
inconstant Heraclitus, who is the same
and yet another, like the river flowing.

Happy Birthday to you!  May you live on in the words that we read.

Monday, August 22, 2011


So..(yes, I know you should never start a sentence with "so", but it sounds good conversationally) I deliberated finishing this book; mostly because it was quite odd and weirdly sad.  I actually didn't really even finish the last two chapters; just skimmed through, but I got the jest of it.

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell is a bizarre tale about the Bigtree family who run an alligator wrestling show in the swamp islands of Florida.  The main attraction is Hilola Bigtree's alligator wrestling act, but when she dies suddenly the family's ties unwind and the show fizzles out.  Ada the youngest of the Bigtree siblings never gives up hope, but when her sister Ossie falls in love and runs away with a ghost boyfriend she goes out to search for her.  Their father, The Chief, leaves to try to save the park and make ends meet. Big brother, Kiwi, goes to work for the competition next door, The World of Darkness theme park.  When things couldn't get any worse...they do.  Will Ada find her sister and will the Bigtrees' keep the park alive?

This tale is for the very imaginative mind and dry-humored souls.  But I'd say this book is a bit of a bore.