As today is World Book Lovers Day I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate to write about than my top 10 books of all time.
Book Finished: Hitch Hiker’s Guide to The Galaxy.
Last week I finished reading all four book in Douglas Adams Hitch Hiker’s Guide to The Galaxy.
I enjoyed books 1,2 &4, whilst finding book 3’s Kriket story line a feeble attempt to hit a publishers deadline. Read More
This week I have finally got around to reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.
The novel is a masterpiece. I enjoyed it from start to finish and personally thought Levins character development was gripping. Every character is unique and i found myself becoming so invested in the events unfolding that I actually cheered when two of the main characters finally got engaged.
This week I have decided to have a break from reading political books and have returned to one of my favourite literary genres; Classic Literature
I have returned to it with open arms and have decided to tackle Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. At the time of writing this I’m only 150 pages into it.
What strikes me so far is Tolstoys writing style.
The year’s 2020
The NHS is long gone
But who cares about health when you can see The Bake Offs new scone?
The dementia tax succeeded
There’s more dead on our sheets
But who cares about age when you can still watch Coronation street?
Brexit has failed
Bojo fucked up
But who cares about trade when you’ve got the world cup?
Who cares about our country
When we’ve got tv
In the new land of the lost, no one is free
Goal: Can I write 25’000 words in a month.
Whilst less than 1’000 words a day might seem easy to some, I have work and my activism for the Labour party to contend with.
What this means I am staying up until two in the morning to work on my writing.
What if George R.R Martin is waiting until he dies to release the last Game of Thrones book?
Wouldn’t it be poetic irony if the man known for killing off all his own main characters waited until the greatest main character of all, the author himself, had died before letting the Game of Thrones story continue?
Since I got interested in politics over six years ago I’ve read over three hundred books on the subject.
I’ve read everything from Marx’s Das Kapital to Hitlers Mein Kampf and have spent countless hours studying historical politics from all around the world.
Of all the political books I have read my favorite isn’t Marx, Hobsbawn, Chomsky or Palast just to name a few.
My favorite political book is Yertle the Turtle by Dr Seuss.
The title of my blog, The Dowsing Rod, originated from the novel Generation X by Douglas Coupland.
There is a very soulful piece of dialogue by one of the novels protagonists in which she talks about how one day she will walk through the desert with a dowsing rod, wandering lost and aimless, looking for nothing. She talks about how one day she will meet a man who is wandering with his own dowsing rod and when they meet, they will continue to wander together. Read More
“Victor Hugo spends too much time going into detail about things that don’t need explaining”
This is what I hear every time I approach the subject of Victor Hugos divine epic, Les Miserables, with my friends.
Whilst I can imagine over a dozen dissertations have been written to debate this thought, I am going to punk my way through my thoughts on Victor Hugos masterpiece, albeit not as eloquently as those students before me.
I’ve finished writing another play.
The play is the same one I referred to in my post, Changes; Exit Stage Right, which I hoped to finish by Christmas. I did it by the 23rd of December which I’m happy about. The downside though it’s that instead of having a day off I have decided to start another project (another play).
This is my first post and I have decided to go with a tribute to one of my three greatest loves in life; literature.
When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I see is a bookshelf above my bed and the well thumbed edges of the books which rest upon it.
The novels that call this shelf home are the works of fiction that changed my life.
The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis, Generation X by Douglas Coupland and The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger just to name a few.
The reason these novels have had an impact on my life is that they aren’t afraid to tell the truth. They take pride in removing the veil of obscurity that deceives us with every supermodel driven advert or four chord wonder on the radio.
Growing up as a Millennial (to quote Coupland) means to grow up around computers that change quicker than you can to save for them and to witness bomb after bomb hit a sand covered country most of us couldn’t point to on a map.
It is to grow up with the adverts telling you globalisation gives you the next super thin, breath activated phone (that rarely gets used for its original purpose), whilst the news shows us the true impact of our consumer lifestyle.
The works of fiction I have mentioned seek to show us just how frivolous and meaningless this lifestyle is. How full of ennuyeux we become when we can order things with a click instead of actually going out and seeing them for ourselves. In Britain everyone is going crazy over the new £5 note (It’s plastic. Ta Da!) yet the value of this money is already undermined by online shopping where we can spend our entire lifes savings without holding a coin in our outstretched paws.
When i read American Psycho by B.E.E i am numbed by how relateable Patrick Batemans rhetoric is. His distaste for the consumer lifestyle, shown through his blatant indulgence in it, comes into focus more in the modern day as the volume of adverts on TV/phones/buses/computers/toilet stalls etc wraps itself around us like a blanket of plastic and metal.
There is an important place in society for the novels and authors i have mentioned. They offer a contrasting bulwark from the media onslaught and seek to show us where we’re going, as their generations have been their before. Every carefully crafted sentence, every blank page after an abortion, every half sentence that leaves you asking “what happened next?” all seek to shatter the illusion we’re living in and tell us to find direction.
These are the type of novels that have faced banning or have nearly been banned by the mainstream media and special interest groups. We can not allow things like this to happen.
Stay tuned for more insights, thoughts and tributes to the world around us!