Frederic Beigbeder: French Literature’s Enfant Terrible

Those of you who do not know who Frederic Beigbeder is, he’s French writer, literary critic and a TV presenter. He created a bunch of awards, was awarded a bunch of awards, wrote some good stuff, wrote some bad stuff, and was once arrested for snorting cocaine off the hood of a car.

He’s become less and less of a rebel, and chose to distance himself from the kind of things that have once made him famous. Continue reading Frederic Beigbeder: French Literature’s Enfant Terrible

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Showcase: Edvard Munch

Norwegian painter Edvard Munch’s works can cause psychological trauma. Or are they depictions of such trauma? There’s something bizarre about them, and said works show how art is not about the outward appearance of things, but their inner complexities. What hides behind a smile? What can you figure out about a person from their body language? What is it about colors? Continue reading Showcase: Edvard Munch

The Ten Most Shocking ‘Game of Thrones’ Moments

Disclaimer: Spoilers. Obviously!

Over the course of Game of Thrones, a show created by folks who weren’t shy on breaking our hearts, we were treated with some unexpected twists…

That’s why we decided to put together a list of the 10 most shocking moments in the show. Spoilers to follow. Continue reading The Ten Most Shocking ‘Game of Thrones’ Moments

TMM: The Real Professional

If you only worked out when you felt like it, it would be as if you didn’t work out much at all. No one could see it, actually.

If you only wrote/painted/danced when you felt like it, then…

Inspiration and motivation are not as important as we like to believe. It’s not the words that bleed out of you that make the difference. They’re the icing on top, the spices and herbs… can’t survive by eating them.

It’s habit that keeps you going. It’s rehearsing over and over again until you feel like falling apart, it’s editing that novel until you hate it and can’t stand to read it again. It’s gruesome. It’s not pretty, but then again the lifestyles of the rich and famous are not as glamorous as we’d like to believe. It’s not all parties and travel and yachts, you know.

I wish it were different, but it’s not.

TMM: The Parts No One Claps For

Greatness is not a singular moment. It’s not the punch that knocks out your opponent, not the penalty kick, not the moment you deliver the acceptance speech for your Nobel Prize…

Greatness is not the world record breaking sprint…

Greatness is not what others see…

It’s all the parts that lead up to that sprint or punch or kick…

The parts that no one claps for. Continue reading TMM: The Parts No One Claps For

[Movie Review] Avengers: Endgame

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, and a lot more A-listers

I do not intend to provide any spoilers, so you can read this review if you just want to know whether Avengers: Endgame is worth watching or not, if it’s going to break your heart, and if it’s worth sitting 181 minutes on a chair (which is no small feat.)

And the answer is yes to all three.

Now, let’s get to the review itself. Continue reading [Movie Review] Avengers: Endgame

Beautiful Letters from Famous Authors to Their Children

It’s a shame people don’t write letters anymore. Especially writers, whose missives are often so beautifully composed and simply inspiring that we hoard them in volume upon volume. That’s why you should read some loving, advice-filled, gentle parental love letters from some of our favorite authors to some of their favorite people — their kids. Continue reading Beautiful Letters from Famous Authors to Their Children