Archive for January, 2012

The Renaissance of Wonder: The Book Review

I stumbled across this little volume about the literary worlds of fantasy created by R.S.S. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald and others, and it really turned out to be a quite interesting read.

But since it was a rather aimless and rambling book, starting from the time of George MacDonald and working its way up to “modern” (aka 70s) fantasy writers, it would be hard to sum up the entire text.

So instead here is a list of the quotes and concepts that grabbed my attention, and maybe a few of them will tantalize your imagination as well. Read more…

Shop Your Closet

Have you ever noticed that having something to wear seldom has anything to do with how many pieces of clothing you own? Your drawers can be overstuffed and your closet overflowing but you still stand there in the morning dumbfounded, hoping that if you just stare long enough at the options a great outfit might materialize.

Good luck on that one. Read more…

Crazy Love: The Book Review

“Have you ever wondered if we’re missing it? It’s crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe – the Creator of nitrogen and pine needs, galaxies and E-minor – loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss. Whether you’ve verbalized it yet or not… we all know something’s wrong.” Read more…

Decoding Denim

Cut, fit, wash, distressing, rise…. all these details can add up to massive confusion when shopping for the pair of jeans that’s right for you. So here’s to minimizing on stress and maximizing on style with this basic users guide to denim.

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Apollo’s Angels: The Book Review

The grainy film jerks about as it reveals a ghostly slip of white twirling against an all-black background. It’s a small glimpse of Pavlova (one of the world’s greatest ballerinas) dancing her famous solo, Dying Swan. A short piece telling the symbolic story of one so full of life struggling against, and finally succumbing to, the power of death. It is one of the most eerily beautiful things I have ever seen, for in this tiny piece of footage I was able to peer behind the curtain of time into the past of an art form I have never known much of. But this sensation was heightened while I was reading Apollo’s Angels because that curtain was opened up and I was able to take in the vista of this spectacular world of ballet. Read more…