Alex Katz, Three Figures On a Subway, 1948, Oil on masonite, 13 1/2 x 29 inches, Alex Katz Collection, Colby College, Maine. © Alex Katz / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, Courtesy Colby College Museum of Art, Gift of the artist – see http://www.timothytaylor.com
“A great relationship is about two things. First, appreciating the similarities, and second, respecting the differences.”
I am not usually in the business of promoting adverts for beer, but I feel compelled to make an exception in the case of the latest offering from Heineken. Check out this short film which demonstrates starkly and powerfully how well we can get along with other people who hold views different from our own, if we just make a tiny effort to spend some time with them.
“For some of us, books are as important
as almost anything on earth”
~ Anne Lamott, Bird By Bird
Sometimes life leaps along and our regular endeavours get overtaken by events. Other times we just forget about things. Such is the case with my monthly reading review post for June – it completely slipped my mind. I’m not quite sure where the time has gone over the last few weeks and here we are at the beginning of August already.
Happily, I have not been too busy to read. Since my May reading post, I have finished an amazing ten books, and have started various others, as is my wont. I have not, after all, stuck to the planned reading as set out in that last post. One of the things I love about books is the journey that one unexpectedly takes, both while spending time with a particular book, and then allowing oneself capriciously to be taken in whatever direction that book subsequently inspires.
As a result, I have had the most wonderful run of fabulous books, many of which I would not necessarily have looked for in the first place, which makes the experience all the more delightful. In addition, one of my particular reading motivations at the moment is getting ready for the six events I am attending at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival.
There will be more on this as we go through this bumper, two-month crop of reviews: