Presenting NO.SLEEP - Mix.06 for all you fine people. Thanks to Dancing Astronaut for the premiere. Full mix streaming on Soundcloud and new tracks added to our NO.SLEEP Collection playlist on Spotify.
1. You’ve got an hour to spend in the bookstore/library, where do you start?
A. Chat with the bookstore staff to find out what they recommend. B. An hour in the bookstore – in my dreams! C. Check out my favorite authors to see if there’s anything new. D. Bounce around from section to section browsing whatever looks good.
2. What do you look for when choosing a book?
A. A book by one of my favorite authors. B. I usually choose books that have been recommended to me by friends. C. The next book on my ‘to read’ list. D. Something a bit different/unusual.
3. You’re in your local bookstore and you see that an author signing is scheduled for the following day. What do you do?
A. If I happen to be passing at that time I’ll probably drop in to see what’s going on. B. It looks interesting, but the chances are I just won’t have the time to go. C. Put it on my calendar. I love to go to these things even if I’m not familiar with the author. D. Check to see if it’s one of my favorite authors – if so, I’ll definitely try to go; otherwise probably not.
4. Which of these quotes appeals to you most?
A. “When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.” – Erasmus. B. “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” — Aristotle C. “Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” – Henry David Thoreau. D. “Choose an author as you would a friend.” – Wentworth Dillon
5. You’ve heard about a book that looks like it maybe good, what do you do?
A. I’ll probably spend some time asking friends/visiting websites to find out what others think of it – because half the fun of reading a good book is finding it in the first place! B. I don’t have a lot of spare time so most of my information comes from a handful of reliable sources. If one of them says it’s good and it looks interesting I’ll probably buy/borrow it based on their advice. C. If it’s an author I’ve enjoyed in the past I’ll probably just buy/borrow it without anymore research as I know I like the author. D. I’ll check it out online and try to read an excerpt and some more reviews, as too often books don’t live up to the hype.
6. You’ve finished your last book, what do you do?
A. Call up a friend and see if they’ve got any books they can recommend/or can lend me. B. Look up the list of books that I’ve been wanting to read and order one. C. Reread my favorites until I find a new book to enjoy. D. Check around house, there’s sure to be something interesting that I haven’t read yet.
7. Your friend’s having a birthday party, and you’ve decided to give him/her a book; what do you get?
A. A book that’s part of a series that I enjoy. B. A book by a new author I’ve just discovered (and maybe I can borrow it later!) C. A current bestseller that I think will suit him/her. D. A book that’s a bit out of the ordinary, but I think he/she’ll enjoy.
The Exacting Reader
The expression ‘so many books, so little time!’ sums up your life. You love books but you rarely have as much time to read as you’d like - so you’re very particular about the books you choose.
I just finished 2 days of transition with my first class ever. (I teach Year 3.)
On the whole, they’re fine. On the second day, we have achieved writing the date in full on one line in the top-right hand corner. Hoorah.
They have a misguided perception that I am not strict. Or mean. Or horrible.
I’ve spent a lot of my time getting the classroom ready and realising I need to make about 10 new files for everything (did you say I needed a reading log?) Thank goodness for teacher assistants.
The worst though is when you printed and labeled everything and one of the children show up and his surname is a completely different name. And another child has two surnames floating around. But no, she is the same person. Great.
There’s no single lens that can clarify what that match felt like or what it meant. Invoking Neymar doesn’t explain it, because Neymar doesn’t stop goals. Invoking Scolari’s tactical shortcomings or Brazil’s talent deficit or Germany’s program-building doesn’t explain it, because we knew about all of those things before the match, and no one, absolutely no one, saw this coming. (If anyone tells you that they saw this coming, don your hard hat and adopt emergency mansplaining-survival protocols at once.) It was everything it was. Eventually people will sift through it, and figure out what mattered most to them, and it will become a story. But for now, the only way to think about it that isn’t fatally distorting is to be a little overwhelmed by it. Anything else is thinking you hear a melody when someone hit all the keys on the piano simultaneously.
Because here’s what Germany did to Brazil over two hours in Belo Horizonte. They produced something so staggering that it still feels irreducible. They left the soccer world functionally speechless. They broke metaphor. They stunned hundreds of millions of people.
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To say I didn’t expect the outcome of today’s semifinal to be like this…is an understatement. I was initially very worried for Brazil and that now also includes inexplicable sadness. I was initially very conflicted about the game and am now still conflicted.
This has and continues to be a roller-coaster of insanity. I hope I get my head back after tonight’s sleep.
What a great team does, of course, is clarify uncertainty, and given the descent into anarchy that was the first three weeks of the tournament, it would be nice to have one great team just as a convenience. The thing about…
"Whether you watch alone or in a group or at a stadium, you will know that what you are seeing is being seen by hundreds of millions of people on every corner of the globe, and that your joy, despair, or disbelief is being echoed in incomprehensibly many consciousnesses. Is there anything more ridiculous than this? There is nothing more ridiculous than this, but it’s an extraordinary feeling, too. When something incredible happens — Messi curls a ball around three defenders; Zidane head-butts Materazzi — it’s not just an exciting moment. It’s a bright line connecting you with the human race."
Honourable mentions because I am a huge cheat: Hayao Miyazaki stuff (Princess Mononoke!), The History Boys (total study movie and led me to Brief Encounter and Now, Voyager), Labyrinth (Bowie and young!Jennifer Connely!), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Young!Tim Roth and Gary Oldman!), Moulin Rouge (another total study movie—sing your heart out Ewan McGregor), Rouge (Anita and Leslie!) and more WKW.
1. Alain Delon, the impeccable Buddhist hit man in Paris. That is all.
2. Starring Bruce Willis as Bruce Willis and Chris Tucker in his best role ever! Late 90s sci-fi at its best thanks.
3. The only reason why this film makes this list is because it made me bawl like a baby and I listened to the soundtrack about a thousand times. Go Ennio Morricone.
4. I was originally going to go for The Grandmaster because it is such a visual delight and features Zhang Ziyi’s best role yet. But Chungking Express resonates more on a nostalgic (idealistic) level of what I remember Hong Kong to be. Stuffy apartments with fans, street vendors with dreadfully awesome food, n-e-o-n lights, humidity, the whole shebang.
5. 1989 Berlin Wall, the reunification of West and East Germany, Danny Brühl, that charming tiny thing. Arguably vapid but yeah, Danny Brühl.
6. Heartbreaking, poignant, melodramatic. It’s personal yet at the same time, incredibly deep and wide in scope, allowing the audience to have a glimpse of the paradoxical backdrop of modern China (tradition vs change). There was a beautiful memoire written by Chen Kaige about Leslie Cheung’s performance in this film, which is just brilliant. If I would rank this list, this needs to be number two.
7. It was a showdown between Rouge and Centre Stage but the latter won because Maggie Cheung’s performance just beat Anita’s (but still, Anita was excellent because the role fitted her to a tee!). Maggie as Ruan Ling-Yu is sublime and definitely one of her best. Kwan also outdoes himself in visuals and cinematography here (whoever his cinematographer was…)
8. Del Toro’s earlier works are some of my favourite—fantasy horror suspense. In addition to the wonderful paralellism that takes place in the film, I also appreciate how it mirrors the original Brothers Grimm tales’ stark brutality and gruesomeness. Didn’t appreciate giant toad though.
9. Yet again, what beautiful visuals! Also, Lee Pace and Catinca Untaru’s unintentionally awkward but mostly spontaneous and natural interaction was refreshing to me.
10. REEEEEDLINE. If I ever live to witness a global sporting event such as this…ho ho ho.
rules: in a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you.
The Adventure of Kavalier and Clay (Michael Chabon)
Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
Wives and Daughters (Elizabeth Gaskell)
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Tom Stoppard)
His Dark Materials (Philip Pullman)
The Hundred Secret Senses (Amy Tan)
1. My first journey into semiotics and the only book I enjoyed by Eco, despite owning 7 of his works on my bookshelves. A terrifying, suspensful, erudite romp through historical fiction.
2. I’m rereading Secret Garden right now and I love it even more now than I did as a child. Is it because I now understand what it is like to live in the English countryside?
3. Only two books have made me cry: this is one of them.
4. To quote Jon: it encapsulates the American drive/determination that life can be better and will be better. I add that it is also idealistic but honest and charming. Also my favourite work by Michael Chabon thus far.
5. I read Cloud Atlas prior to the hot mess blockbuster’s release and its consequent chamber pot of putrid-smelling problemos and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The interweaving of narratives and characters across time was excellent. I refuse to let the movie ruin this.
6. Elizabeth Gaskell to me is something along the lines of Jane Austen to 19th century England-romanticists. While I adore the BBC version of North and South, the novel didn’t really resonate with me. Wives and Daughters, on the other hand, was excellent and I loved every bit of it.
7. Russian literature is fantastic if not long-winded! I have to add the short stories and plays of Anton Chekhov, particularly The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard.
8. Adding Waiting for Godot, in the sense that existentialism was first impounded into our 11th grade/Year 12 brains with lots of Thoreau and Mr Walt-green-blades-of-grass-Whitman and then polished it off with a nice sheen of absurdist plays. (Sidenote: I rewatched Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead about 5-6 times. Everyone knows why…huehue.)
9. When I first came across HDM, I was smitten with the universe and wanted a daemon as well. If I did have a daemon, it’d probably be a guinea pig because I am a soft, dumpy thing.
10. The other tearjerker.
Notable non-fiction mention: The Horse That Leaps Through Clouds: A Tale of Espionage, the Silk Road, and the Rise of Modern China by Eric Enno Tamm.
“Yet I also suspected that what I was seeing was but a part of the truth and perhaps not even the most important part; beneath these faces, these clothes, accents, rudeness, was power and sorrow, both unadmitted, unrealised, the power of inventors, the sorrow of the disconnected.”—Giovanni’s Room (James Baldwin)
So few people got the biggest lesson of Moneyball: Nobody’s that smart. It’s how the A’s continue to thrive all these years later.
I don’t think this article talks about anything new or groundbreaking about the A’s but it is written very concisely and coherently, making it an easy read. Also, the audience Posnaski has in mind is wide in scope, ranging from those who are fans to those who merely come across the As as some underdog, luck-is-on-their-side team that happened to sweep theirs under the rug.
1. J. and I are coming back to the Bay Area for two weeks at the end of July. I want to say prospectively 19/07 to 03/08 but that needs to be confirmed based on the next point.
2. I have accepted a one-year full-time post with my placement school that will begin this September! I finally feel comfortable announcing this as the staff has been notified today. I have one more day to wrap up at uni and transition to do the week of 14/07 so that is why my dates have yet to be settled. But a job!!!
3. Boring compared to points 1 and 2 but I’m going to start learning how to drive manually. *Gulps*