Posts tagged Reading
What I'm Reading: The Four Agreements

The first time I read “The Four Agreements” was a few years ago. I don’t remember exactly when I picked it up or why but given the general time frame, I was most likely searching for some kind of wisdom or knowledge - searching for some answers. I’m discovering as of late that there are occasions which you go searching for answers and are not where you should be to receive them. Think of it like when you tell someone to meet you at a certain spot and when they don’t show up in the exact moment you expected them to, you wander off and then they show up at the designated spot and they go off looking for you and it continues. Granted, these instances are fewer now that we have cell phones but for those that recall the home phone struggle, you know. Anyway, I’m sure the reason Don Miguel Ruiz’s book didn’t resonate as much with me before as it has in a second reading and heaving highlighting. Seriously, the number of Post-Its in this thing.

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What I'm Reading: Show Your Work

This is not a secret formula “how-to” for instant success for artists. It really is about the long-game. If that’s what you’re looking for, I’d say look for another book. Probably also look for another career because anyone who finds success in film/television, writing, painting, etc., finds it after years of unseen work behind it. Yeah, I entered contests and did fairly well in my first year of submissions but it was for a script on a subject I started studying about when I was a teenager. See what I mean? And I’m not even close to where I want to be in terms of my artistic goals. But what Kleon provides are tools to help you get discovered by getting your creative work out into the world.

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What I'm Reading: The Element

I have watched Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity”, several times. As someone who initially started university majoring in elementary education and someone who taught English in a preschool in Korea, perhaps I was pulled in by my experiences but no matter your personal interests, we all have had experiences in schooling as a student and given that the model of education hasn’t much changed in over one hundred years in the United States and Great Britain, I think it’s safe to say there are notable similarities. It’s an industrial effort in which students are churned out to be productive members of society based on, well, production. But the Industrial Revolution has long since passed and, according to Robinson in The Element, the way we educate our children should have kept up with the times.

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What I'm Reading: The Shock of the Fall

In The Shock of the Fall, nineteen-year-old Matthew Homes is a resident of a care center diagnosed with schizophrenia and casually mentions having murdered his older brother Simon ten years earlier - and moves on. My initial reaction was a raised eyebrow. Did I read that correctly? Yes, I did. And no, it is not immediately clarified. But what is clear is the effect of Simon’s death on his family and how each character’s grief came to influence Matthew’s current situation.

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