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

Professor Dan Ariely demonstrates how all people have a cheating behavior and how we all try to benefit from dishonesty without damaging the personal image

Dan Ariely, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone – Especially Ourselves/ Adevarul (cinstit) despre necinste: Cum ii mintim pe toti – dar mai ales pe noi insine Published 2012 by HarperCollins, 286p   Why do we give up diets? Was the financial crisis the result of a dishonest human behavior? Can… Continue reading Professor Dan Ariely demonstrates how all people have a cheating behavior and how we all try to benefit from dishonesty without damaging the personal image

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

We are our memory. The Book of Memory Gaps: a poetic meditation on the fragility of our memory

Cecilia Ruiz, The Book of Memory Gaps Published  2015 by Blue Rider Press, 64p   Jorge Luis Borges’ fascination with the human mind inspired Cecilia Ruiz, illustrator and author originally from Mexico City, now living and working in Brooklyn, New York, for her debut book, The Book of Memory Gaps, a collection of fourteen short… Continue reading We are our memory. The Book of Memory Gaps: a poetic meditation on the fragility of our memory