George Orwell’s Animal Farm, stunningly illustrated by Ralph Steadman: a great allegory on how dictatorship, propaganda and political injustice work

George Orwell, Animal Farm. A Fairy Story. Pictures by Ralph Steadman Published in 1995 by Secker & Warburg, London (first published in Great Britain in 1945), 180p/ In romana: Ferma animalelor, Editura Polirom   The result of preaching totalitarian doctrines is to weaken the instinct by means of which free peoples know what is or… Continue reading George Orwell’s Animal Farm, stunningly illustrated by Ralph Steadman: a great allegory on how dictatorship, propaganda and political injustice work

Six Dots: The Story of Louis Braille, the blind boy that wanted to read

Jen Bryant, Six Dots. A Story of Louis Braille. Illustrations by Boris Kulikov Published 2016 by Alfred A. Knopf, 40p   Award-winning writer Jen Bryant considers Louis Braille one of the most inspiring personalities of all times.  She wrote a graphic novel on the French inventor in 1993 but she wanted now, with this version… Continue reading Six Dots: The Story of Louis Braille, the blind boy that wanted to read

Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. Some Instructions on Writing and Life – one of the best books I have read this year

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird. Some Instructions on Writing and Life Published in Australia in 2008 by Scribe. First published in 1994, 237p Bird by Bird is my first Anne Lamott reading experience; and probably because I had no expectations it simply fascinated me. It is well-written, very honest, delighting by its simplicity of style… Continue reading Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. Some Instructions on Writing and Life – one of the best books I have read this year

Elin Kelsey’s You Are Stardust encourages our return to nature, exploring the amazing connections we have with our planet

Elin Kelsey, You Are Stardust. Artwork by Soyeon Kim Published 2012 by Owlkids Books, 32p   You Are Stardust is a beautiful picture book that blends poetry and science to explore the amazing connections we have with the planet that we inhabit. How else to better teach children about the world than by showing them… Continue reading Elin Kelsey’s You Are Stardust encourages our return to nature, exploring the amazing connections we have with our planet

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 Simon & 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