Friday, December 27, 2013

Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Year 2014 to all the readers of Books of Note - you are all family!

from Isabella and Rod

See original Belfast pic here

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Five Dials - Camus

Camus Edition - Five Dials

I cannot recommend the article by Curtis Gillespie on Camus highly enough. Gillespie travels to Algiers to find out more about Camus.Despite all that is known about Camus he manages to find new insights from the places that he lived, meet people who knew him, discover new things. It is amazing to me the power of place to learn new things about someone and this article certainly proves it.

Camus spent a great deal of time at a headland in Tipaza, Algeria writing and thinking. His friends got together and erected this monument:

On it is written: 'Here I understand that which is called glory: the right to love without measure.'

PS If you go to the previous edition you will discover the mysteriously cool place where Richard Ford stores his journals.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The case of Art Blakey

" ... the problem was volume because he was the loudest drummer at the time. So I divided this routine of looking like I was playing, but not playing and he had to play soft. He would play softer and softer, trying to find the piano in the mix. That was helpful because he did manage to play quiet enough so that we could play together. Problem solving has been my forte ever since then. That's pretty much what you have to do when you play, to look at the individuals personally and to find out what the worst case scenario is and go with that."

Paul Bley interviewed by Fred Jung

Problem solving - learning from jazz.

Tale for the Time Being

I picked up this book, thinking it might help me to learn more about Japan and I was a bit sceptical at first but I am absolutely loving it. Innovative, challenging, profound, fun, manages to tie in some environment knowledge too, and just the most charming and beautiful writing. Layers upon layers and twists. I am honestly say this is a 'book of note'. It has changed my opinions, changed even my way of life.

I have no problem in making this book a 'book of note'.