So in my last post I explained how I was reading 'This Changes Everything' and it is a really enthralling and scary perspective although very much the reality of how the world isn't really working towards a better future and economic interests are clouding our humanity. I'm on page 200 and there is a whole lot of information in this book, I do not doubt the five or so years Klein spent researching. Anyway, I wanted to talk about some of the books I've read recently or intend to read. I always read a lot when I was a kid but haven't really read many books since I left college other than the odd holiday book. I did read the first two hunger games within about 2 days one holiday and then searched every shop for the third only to find it in Greek which was pretty unhelpful. Anyway my newest order arrived today, Judy Juanita's 'Virgin Soul' set in 1960s America and told from the perspective of an eighteen year old woman fighting for liberation alongside the Black Panthers. I fell in love with the cover let alone the storyline so I'm quite excited to jump into the 300 or so page book soon.
Before Klein's book, my boyfriend and I spent a night in reading and I managed to finish 'Animal Farm' in about two hours whilst he reread 'Of Mice and Men'. I enjoyed it and the comparisons between the farm and the Big Brother presence in 1984; the constant battling between who's side are fighting against us or with us; and the willingness of people/animals to forget or rewrite historical atrocities.
I've been meaning to read Life of Pi for a while, I refuse to watch the film until I've read the book so I took it to Spain with me but spending every second with my best mate meant very little reading time. I am undecided about Tansy Hoskins book because the cover brings a shiver to my spine, maybe its the hideous yellow shade against the grey background or the recreation of old fashioned, illustrated magazine covers... Something just doesn't feel quite right and having read mixed reviews on the book, I'm intrigued to see whether the content trumps the cover and my expectations.
Now last but not least, Russell Brand is such a hot topic at the moment, the Sun's inane tirade against him is as comical as it is absurd. The guy doesn't think he is jesus, yes, he is a terrible narcissist which he freely admits but if you watch his youtube videos or TV appearances, he just wants the best for people and what is honestly wrong with that? (Obviously it is wrong for people like Rupert Murdock and his control over the masses, his greed and oligarchy but that's a whole other blog post). I think Brand is a pretty good guy even if he is a millionaire, even if he is a recovering drug addict, even if he isn't actually that funny as a comedian... So I've gone and spent £3 on his book and I hope to find some revolutionary and spiritual insights.
It is probably gonna take me quite a while to get through them all but I'm chuffed that I'm back to reading more. Unemployment means lots of time to relax but even so I'm off to do the ironing, then some yoga and then continue changing everything with Naomi Klein.