Time passes by so quickly, and here I am again to share with you this week’s suggestions.
Book: May Sarton- Journal of A Solitude
I love reading journals or autobiographies, especially when I find some kind of reflection of what is written, in my life. May Sarton is one of my favourite writers and journal keepers.
This best-selling book of hers examines her time in solitude, her dealing with gardening, her observations about both the inner and outer world of hers, her ideas about life, love, relationships, friendship and ageing.
Since I find solace in solitude and my house plants these days, the journal had a bit of more effect on me, than it would normally have.
I would like to share some paragraphs from the book to give a bit more idea:
“There is no doubt that solitude is a challenge and to maintain balance within it a precarious business. But I must not forget that, for me, being with people or even with one beloved person for any length of time without solitude is even worse. I lose my center. I feel dispersed, scattered, in pieces. I must have time alone in which to mull over my encounter, and to extract its juice, its essence, to understand what has really happened to me as a consequence of it.”
“I am proud of being fifty-eight, and still alive and kicking, in love, more creative, balanced, and potent that I have ever been.”
“Wrinkles here and there seem unimportant compared to the Gestalt of the whole person I have become in this past year. Somewhere In the Poet and the Donkey Andy* speaks for me when he says, “Do not deprive me of my age, I have earned it.””
“When I speak of life and love as expanding with age, sex seems the least important thing. At any age, we grow by the enlarging of consciousness, by learning a new language, or a new art or craft (gardening?) that implies a new way of looking at the universe. Love is one of the great enlargers of the person because it requires us to “take in” the stranger and to understand him, and to exercise restraint and tolerance as well as imagination to make the relationship work.”
And finally an enlightening advice from May in these dark times:
“Does anything in nature despair except man? An animal with a foot caught in a trap does not seem to despair. It is too busy trying to survive. It is all closed in, to a kind of still, intense waiting. Is this a key? Keep busy with survival. Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long, not even pain, psychic pain. Sit it out. Let it all pass. Let it go.”
*(Poet and The Donkey is another novel of May Sarton, and Andy is the name of the main character (The Poet))
Movie: La La Land
I will probably sound very cheesy but, there is no way that I don’t enjoy a movie if there is Ryan Gosling acting in it.And last night he got the Golden Globes for best actor in musical/comedy category. So definitely worth watching !
Short Movie: Hyper Reality
I came across this short movie on this month’s Wired issue. It focuses on the virtual reality that we will soon feel taken granted in our whole life, in every aspect of it. It takes place in Medellin (the name might be familiar to you, I remember it very well from Narcos- the hometown of Pablo Escobar) Columbia.
TV Series: The Witness for the Prosecution
This is a 2-episode-BBC Production based on the short story of Agatha Christie. Sex and the City’s famous character Samantha (Kim Cattrall) plays an important role.
Music: I decided to create a Spotify list here consisting of the top 5 songs that I like listening during the week. I might extend the number of the songs in the future, but for now, I will try to keep it as simple as possible. Here we go: