4 Minutes of David Foster Wallace Being as Brilliant as a Man Can Be

David Foster Wallace. Writer. Teacher. A rare intellectual. But all these pale when compared to his tremendous insight into what it means to be human. The things that are so obvious we don’t even notice them.

This short video is him explaining ambition, perfectionism, and the level of dedication required to be successful in any given field. Quite remarkable.

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Book Review: Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread by Chuck Palahniuk

The title is self-explanatory. Chuck Palahniuk, the literary god of transgressive fiction, who kind of forgot how to write great novels somewhere in 2009 with the release of Pygmy, tries to shock the reader even more with a bunch of short stories that should act as some sort of parables somehow… I think.

Don’t get me wrong. Chuck is still one of my favorite writers. There are a bunch of brilliant novels, some fantastic short stories, and I will always be fond of passages that made me laugh out loud or truly ponder over for weeks. But… but…

That’s the word. But. Continue reading Book Review: Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread by Chuck Palahniuk

TMM: Good Writers

good_writersWhen I was sixteen I thought I was a good writer. I had won a National writing competition with a magical realism novella, and the sister of a long dead, famous Romanian poet we were studying in high-school told me I wrote just like him.

This kind of gets to your head, especially at that age. This novella I had written received lots of praise from some of the best writers in the country. Published writers, award winners, people who owned publishing houses. And most of them didn’t even know I was only sixteen. Continue reading TMM: Good Writers

Henry Miller: On Reading

“A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation… A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold.”
Henry Miller, The Books in My Life

Quite the controversial figure, author Henry Miller put down his thoughts on books and education. Though it may seems paradoxical to some extent, there’s great insight into what it means to be a creative individual. The artistic process is analyzed in a different way: not as creation, but more as one of remaking.

Absorb what you can, then release into the world an improved version. Continue reading Henry Miller: On Reading

Book Review: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?

First of all, I’d say that this book should be read by the open minded, by those who can accept certain views and theories about us that not everyone can stomach. From sexuality to economics to religion and almost everything in between, Sapiens is the kind of book that challenges your beliefs about what it means to be human.

It is a refreshing read. It is quite interesting. And it is well worth a try.

Of course, like I previously said, there are parts in this book that you’ll wish wouldn’t be true. That the society we built for ourselves is far from perfect, far from ideal, and that we are still to understand who we were and how we ended up being who we are now.