The essence of Franz Kafka by Robert Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz

Robert Crumb & David  Zane Mairowitz, Kafka Published 2007 bt Fantagraphics Books (First published 1990), 176p American cartoonist and musician Robert Crumb together with David Zane Mairowitz managed to express the essence of Franz Kafka in a black and white illustrated biography that covers both the life and work of the Jewish writer. I still… Continue reading The essence of Franz Kafka by Robert Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion: an intense and honest discourse on love, family and loss

Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking Published 2005 by Alfred A. Knopf, 228p   Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. The question of self-pity. Joan Didion writes on the first page of her book, an honest and vibrant autobiography written… Continue reading The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion: an intense and honest discourse on love, family and loss

Peter Brown illustrates the monsterness of teachers in a sweet story that demonstrates how getting to know a person can change preconceptions

Peter Brown, My Teacher Is a Monster! No, I Am Not. Published 2014 by Little, Brown and Company, 36p   It is fascinating to analyze how children see the grown-ups, the way they perceive the behavior and reactions of family, educators or strangers. This morning, on our way to school, Ema asked me if the… Continue reading Peter Brown illustrates the monsterness of teachers in a sweet story that demonstrates how getting to know a person can change preconceptions

Tell Me A Tattoo Story: a sensitive picture book on the importance of memories and the way tattoos can describe one’s personal history

Alison McGhee, Tell Me A Tattoo Story. Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler Published 2016 by Chronicle Books, 32p   We are our memory Jorge Luis Borges used to say. Dutifully, we tend to suppress the unpleasant and painful details of our lives and fill our memory with images and projections of events that fulfill us and… Continue reading Tell Me A Tattoo Story: a sensitive picture book on the importance of memories and the way tattoos can describe one’s personal history

All the Wild Wonders. Poems of our Earth: never forget to celebrate the wonders of our planet

All the Wild Wonders. Poems of our Earth. Edited by Wendy Cooling. Illustrated by Piet Grobler Published 2010 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 48p   Call me naïve but I still believe that we can educate the younger generations to respect and love our planet. It is not easy but we are all in search of… Continue reading All the Wild Wonders. Poems of our Earth: never forget to celebrate the wonders of our planet

Mihail Sebastian, Jurnal 1935-1944: cronica unei lumi si drama unui evreu in timpul celui de-al II-lea Razboi Mondial

Mihail Sebastian, Jurnal 1935-1944 Editura Humanitas, 2016, 608p (prima editie: 1996) Mi-a luat cateva zile bune sa termin Jurnalul lui Sebastian si nu a fost din cauza celor 600 de pagini scrise marunt… E o lectura profunda, musteste de informatie, sunt nume multe si mari, e o cronica detaliata a vietii din Bucuresti in preajma… Continue reading Mihail Sebastian, Jurnal 1935-1944: cronica unei lumi si drama unui evreu in timpul celui de-al II-lea Razboi Mondial