le cahier de kev

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Reading, Writing, and Requiescence

I'm so glad that the graduation parties have calmed down and finished.  There were also nice events such as Bastille Day and my birthday weekend that helped end the celebrations on a positive note.

 

A week ago, I went to Barnes and Nobles and found a great deal on a few books.  Many times books are cheaper online, but there's something about walking into a bookstore and browsing through selections that's fun. I also end up finding some gems that I may have missed if I'm just searching online.

 

If any of you have seen my bookcase, you'll know that I LOVE to read.

 

But I'm very old school when it comes to reading.  I like having the physical book in my hand.  It makes me feel studious, and I feel like I'm accomplishing a lot while I read with my black framed glasses. hehe

 

At B&N, I picked up a new diary/journal book and the following:

 

 

 

 

The wine book was originally $65, but it was marked down to $14.95.  I was ecstatic when I found it, but my goodness, it was like carrying the Oxford Dictionary!  It is huge!  It's absolutely gorgeous and informative, and I highly recommend it.  It covers the history of wine, production, types of wine, pairings with food, and grapes and techniques used from different countries and regions.

 

Mindy Kaling's book was a nice quick read.  I enjoyed her comedic references and lightheartedness when discussing her journey into writing and acting.  The sharp humor and sarcasm was something I was used to from many conversations with friends (but especially my brother) which also taught me to quickly adapt and shoot out a quick retort like my life depended on it.  Mindy does a lot of "lists" and brainstorms ideas which may seem like filler, but overall, it was like having a conversation with an old friend.  I finished the book within two days and was a nice treat.  Great things always seem to happen instantaneously, but after reading her book, you can see that it really did take effort for her to achieve her success.  Many other celebrities already have the connections or support to help bolster their careers, but it's refreshing to actually read about someone who took a leap of faith to get their dreams going.

 

As many of you know, I finished Julia Child's My Life in France almost two to three years ago.  It was an amazing read, and I revisited it when I had to visit family last September.  I didn't know this book existed about her letters with Avis Devoto.  From the bits and pieces I read from My Life in France (I was going to abbreviate it to MLIF, but it looks too close to MILF and wanted to spare the giggles *smile*), I saw how important their relationship was when Julia wanted to get her book published.  I only started the book yesterday since I just finished Mindy's book two days beforehand. It does seem promising as Joan Reardon is a culinary historian and was able to sort through the myriad letters (can you imagine how long that would've taken?) between the two.  Good job to her.

 

I also have Bringing Down The House as an ebook, but it's so hard for me to read on my phone.

 

 

I'm all for advances in technology, but reading ebooks make it seem harder for me to focus.  (It's weird because if I have to read things that are work related, news, or journal articles on the computer, I don't seem to have the same problem!)  I do have a few ebooks on my phone, but after reading one page, I end up getting a tad dizzy and distracted and just close it to play Angry Birds or Slingo.  (Who doesn't love knocking over those Piggies with magical birds or playing a mash of Slots and Bingo?) However, if I read the same thing via a physical book, I'll cover over a hundred pages in a few hours.

 

Joking aside, what I might do is order a used paperback copy of it online.  I haven't seen the movie yet (but I know about the casting controversy that surrounded it), so I hope to finish it before watching the film adaptation.

 

This next book was recommended to me by my colleagues in the fashion industry:

 

 

I caught a glimpse of a few pages a while back, but it really captured me with its analysis of fashion and luxury.  I'm going to pick this one up also since it does highlight a lot of aspects of the evolution of the business of fashion.  As we know, society places a big emphasis on status.  Different brands and merchandise that we possess can play a significant role with how we are perceived.  What was once only accessible by the upper class and royalty throughout history is now a common part of everyday life.  With the demand for these products, production has to increase.  How does that translate to quality?  Even without reading the book, many of you can probably guess the answer.  I'm also sure many of us know people who have designer bags or shoes.  Heck, even I'm guilty of having bought said items.  In any case, I think this will definitely be a great read.

 

I also just recently received my Cert from NYU that I finished the program (on the day of my birthday to be exact).  Yay!  It was quite intense, but I'm so happy that I can now place it with my diplomas from Rutgers and Syracuse.  It was a wonderful experience and now I can move on to a great path ahead.  I was afraid that I was going to get a FedEx envelope stating that I was one class short or that there was a requirement I overlooked.  It's like the nervousness we felt when we all were waiting for our college acceptances.  Mordecai from Regular Show summed it up fondly (I don't remember the exact quote), but he told his girlfriend "Envelope's fat, that's where it's at; envelope's thin, you didn't get in." (Although nowadays, the reverse could be true).

 

<Insert sigh of relief>

 

It was definitely worth it, and I learned to hone my writing skills.  Now time to get the ball rolling.

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