Pico Iyer advocates for stillness in one’s pursuit of finding meaning and happiness

Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness. Adventures of Going Nowhere. Photography by Eydis Einarsdóttir Published 2014 by Simona & Schuster/ TED Books, 96p   As a travel journalist and writer for Time Magazine, Pico Iyer has seen the world. He traveled from Korea to Paraguay, from Ethiopia to India and United States and ultimately moved… Continue reading Pico Iyer advocates for stillness in one’s pursuit of finding meaning and happiness

Penguin Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith: a hilarious story that reminds each Mortimer in us to enjoy the small things

Jory John, Penguin Problems. Illustrated by Lane Smith Published 2016 by Walker Books, 32p   Mortimer is a young penguin living in Antarctica, the source of his biggest problems. “It’s too early”, “My beak is cold”, “The sun is too bright here”, “It snows too much”, “I’m hungry”, “I don’t like being hunted”, “I wish… Continue reading Penguin Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith: a hilarious story that reminds each Mortimer in us to enjoy the small things

Grayson Perry reflects on contemporary art, discussing its evolution and final purpose in a work claiming that anybody can have a life in the arts – Playing to the Gallery. Helping contemporary art in its struggle to be understood

Grayson Perry, Playing to the Gallery. Helping contemporary art in its struggle to be understood Published 2014 by Particular Books (Penguin), 136p I decided to read Playing to the Gallery hoping to find an answer to a common situation when I walk in a contemporary art museum, I wander around and I realize that some… Continue reading Grayson Perry reflects on contemporary art, discussing its evolution and final purpose in a work claiming that anybody can have a life in the arts – Playing to the Gallery. Helping contemporary art in its struggle to be understood

The Grumpface by B.C.R. Fegan: a modern fairy tale on the importance of adventures and humour in our lives

B.C.R. Fegan, The Grumpface. Illustrated by D. Frongia Published 2017 by TaleBlade Press, 34p The Grumpface is a story that dares to change the classic definition of a fairy tale by bringing the characters and their adventures in modern times. As a parent I decided to expose my daughter to all kinds of stories, including… Continue reading The Grumpface by B.C.R. Fegan: a modern fairy tale on the importance of adventures and humour in our lives

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway: a wonderful fable on human courage, persistence and hope

Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea. In limba romana: Batranul si marea Published in 1999 by Vintage, 112 p (first published in 1952). I haven’t read The Old Man and the Sea until now; I kept putting it on my reading lists but I have always ended by choosing something else instead. I thought it… Continue reading The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway: a wonderful fable on human courage, persistence and hope

Bob Dylan’s Forever Young illustrated by Paul Rogers

Bob Dylan, Paul Rogers, Forever Young Published 2008 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 40p Forever Young is one of Bob Dylan’s most beloved songs. Since it first appeared in 1974 on the album Planet Waves, the song became an anthem, a valuable piece of advice for the new generations to stay forever young. The song… Continue reading Bob Dylan’s Forever Young illustrated by Paul Rogers

Timothy Basil Ering’s The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling: an ode to music and faith

Timothy Basil Ering, The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling Published 2007 by Walker Books, 48p   The power of music is not questionable. All the fundamental things in humans’s life have been expressed through music. When words or silence are of no help, music creates connections and elevates souls. Timothy Basil Ering’s The Unexpected… Continue reading Timothy Basil Ering’s The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling: an ode to music and faith