Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Biblio Love - Invisible by Paul Auster

It had been too long since I last read anything by Paul Auster; thankfully, my library has several of his books. Invisible tells the story of Adam Walker, a young poetry student from Columbia University and his relationship with professor Rudolf Born and his girlfriend Margot after meeting them at a party. Although the setting is initially set in 1967, the actions, faces and emotions can easily be seen in today's world. One act of violence changes everyone's world, forcing them to be naked and vulnerable under the scrutinizing human eye. To be invisible means to forget and to never look back on regrets and foolish decisions. Yet, how can one be "invisible" when there is so much at stake?

Monday, September 3, 2012

Biblio Love - 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

What starts off as a simple inquiry regarding a search for books becomes a deep friendship between Helene Hanff of New York City and Frank Doel of Marks and Company Booksellers on 84, Charing Cross Road in London. A truly delightful, although too short, book that can be read over and over with the same level of intellect, wit and a belief in the power of books between two countries.