The Japanese concept of Ma or the sound of silence

Katrina Goldsaito, The Sound of Silence. Illustrated by Julia Kuo Published 2016 by Little, Brown and Company, 40p The Japanese have a beautiful concept of silence – Ma. It defines the pause between sounds, the moments of quietness in music, conversation and storytelling. The Japanese embraced the concept even in their lifestyle, valuing minimalism and… Continue reading The Japanese concept of Ma or the sound of silence

Stay by Jennifer Michael Hecht: a history of suicide that brings awareness on the social impact of the gesture and pleads for life

Jennifer Michael Hecht, Stay. A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It Published 2013 by Yale University Press, 280p   In the month following Marilyn Monroe’s death there was a 12% increase in suicides in America. 46 years after Sylvia Plath had killed herself in the kitchen while her children were sleeping in the… Continue reading Stay by Jennifer Michael Hecht: a history of suicide that brings awareness on the social impact of the gesture and pleads for life

Maira Kalman on life, identity and happiness in a magnificent book that praises joie de vivre

Maira Kalman, The Principles of Uncertainty Published 2007 by Penguin Books, 326p   I have discovered Maira Kalman when I read The Illustrated Elements of Style, a guide to writing style. As a non-native English speaker I often have the concern that I may make terrible mistakes when writing or speaking so I still have… Continue reading Maira Kalman on life, identity and happiness in a magnificent book that praises joie de vivre

Erich Fromm’s beautiful perspective on love and human nature

Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving/ Arta de a iubi Published 2006 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics (first published 1956), 192p   Erich Fromm was both a philosopher and a psychoanalyst so his approach to love is not by creating an easy manual of how to achieve happiness through love but an analysis of the human… Continue reading Erich Fromm’s beautiful perspective on love and human nature