1987 – Dag Solstad 2 weeks ago
I’m very drawn to learning the so-called hard or even, claimed by some, impossible languages. Russian is definitely one of those. The pronunciation sounds very complicated and consonant-heavy, almost alien to an untrained air, but there’s not too many foreign sounds I’ve discovered. Nothing crazy where the correct sound is produced by attempting to choke yourself (ع anyone?). I’m having a bit of a hard time differentiating ж, ш, and щ, but hopefully I just need a lot of practice.
I’m currently going through the courses on Livemocha and reading some grammar on the side.
So excited for this. I hope I can keep my motivation up and study a little everyday. 3 months ago
The Trial – Franz Kafka
I’m not sure I understood the more complex ideas that are proposed in the Trial, but it was a very engaging read in its own claustrophobic and everyday language-numbing way. And now I know what is meant by ‘Kafkaesque’. Personally I much prefer The Castle though.
When I get older and wiser I want to reread this book. 3 months ago
勉強頑張ってください！When you get over those kind of hurdles and get a feeling for the sentence stucture everything will become so much fun:-) 3 months ago
Natten Drømmer om Dagen – Ingvar Ambjørnsen
Moby-Dick – Herman Melville 4 months ago
数年の努力を台無しになるのが心配なので、これからは絶対頑張ります。 5 months ago
The way it is, I could leave it all
And I ask myself, would you care at all 5 months ago
A lot has changed health-wise in 2012.
Early this year I started fell running, which is one of the best things I’ve done for myself. Over the course of the year I have come to love this sport, and I have noticed a curious change in my relationship to my body as I’ve progressed. I’ve finally found a goal I’m passionate about that is in conflict with my always #1 goal, which is being thin (or most preferably, skeletal). Now I’d rather get stronger and better at running. If I could push myself so hard to do something that my whole system resisted as best as it could, if I managed to ignore and fight hunger to such an extreme – then I wonder how much I can push myself at something my body is actually made to do? This thought exites me quite a lot.
My body does not have to showcase my feelings and despair through my unhealthy manipulation anymore – it has finally gotten a new task which it is more suited to do. Sure, I still get that desire to be thin, to pursue that sick dream of going even lower than my lowest, but I’ll never act upon it. It’s a sympton disguised as a passion, intriguing, almost intoxicating in nature. And I can recognize it as that, merely a symptom. Now, if I’d have to gain a couple of kilos to get better at running, I would do it. Maybe not happily, but willingly. I still have some ED-hangups, and I’m not yet a picture of health, so I’m still not finished with this goal. But as long as I keep a healthy relationship to exercise, I think there’s actually a way out of this for good. 5 months ago
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
I guess I’ll continue with the 1000 books-goal now. 8 months ago
Yikes, I’ve been such a bad reader lately. At the very least the disappointing number of 2 books I’ve read since last time were very good:
The Kabuki Theatre – Earl Ernst
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
Now back to some more reading. 11 months ago
I’m a little disappointed so far. Murakami is one of my favorite authors, but this first volume of 1Q84 didn’t give me that feeling of being lullied into a dream that his other books have done so effortlessly. I felt like something got lost in translation this time, espescially in the dialogues.
But this might have to do with that since last time I read Murakami I’ve learned quite a bit of Japanese (but not enough to read novels yet) so I get a bit hung up in trying to guess how this or that passage would sound in Japanese, and so on… Maybe I should’ve waited ‘til I could pick up a Japanese edition, heh.
But! I have a lot of hope for the rest of the novel. The build-up was incredible, and the story has gotten very big and complex.
And everyone else seems to deem it a masterpiece, so I do think it actually is as good as people say. Also I read it in Norwegian, maybe the English translation is better. 15 months ago