Tehlikeli Sevişmeler (2015)
Yazan: Nedim Gürsel
Akıllıca ve ustaca yazılmış bir kitabı anadilimde okumanın tadına doyulmuyor. Nedim Gürsel’in ne kadar iyi bir yazar olduğunu söylemem gereksiz; en son çıkan bu kitabı da “keşke bu kadar kısa olmasaydı” dedirtti. Hayalimizde sadece o sahneyi boyamaya yetecek sokak, çeşme, kafe, tavan arası yatak odalarını betimleyip, satır aralarına da, mayın gibi, tek cümlede karmaşık bir ruh halini anlatan tespitler yerleştirip, arzularımızı, zayıflıklarımızı -insan olmayı- okuyanı anın içine çekip o hislerle donatan kısa hikayelerle anlatmış.
“Hayatının kaçak ve tehlikeli sevişmeleri – hani ne derler, bir film şeridi gibi mi?- gözünün önünden geçmedi, hayır, ama en uygunsuz zaman ve mekanlarda tat alıp tat verdiği kadınların, ona bir daha geri dönmeyecek eski sevgililerin yokluğundan kaynaklanan bir burukluk duydu.”
Letters to a young poet (1934)
By Rainer Maria Rilke
Kappus is an officer in the Austro-Hungarian army trying to decide if he should stay in the army, or become a poet. He sends an example of his poetry to his contemporary Rilke asking for advice. What results is a series of letters exchanged between the two from 1903 to 1908, full of insights that extend far beyond poetry. Continue reading Letters to a young poet
Chasing Science at Sea: Racing Hurricanes, Stalking Sharks, & Living Undersea With Ocean Experts (2008)
I have read all of Ellen Prager’s books, and this is by far my favorite one. The book tells short and powerful true stories that address the following questions: Why do scientists go to sea?/What do they do while they are at sea?/How do they do it?
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The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World (2008)
Having made it to the New York Times staff, only to be fired because he was found “naive AND unsophisticated”, Eric Weiner took revenge gracefully: he wrote a New York Times bestseller.
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Composing a Life (1989)
Mary Catherine Bateson
What happens when children choose a career path noone in their family might have gone down before? A path – like the new passages opening in the Antarctic with melting ice- which may not even have existed during the lifetime of their parents? A Turkish saying captures this well : “You can build a throne for your child, but you cannot build her destiny”. Parents work long years so their children can get a better education than they did, earn more money than they ever could, and in turn, live more comfortably than they did. If they succeed, their children start life one step ahead with many options to compose a life, which their parents never had.
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The Pursuit of the World’s Most Notorious Butterfly Smuggler: Winged Obsession (2011)
by Jessica Speart
This is the story of Yoshi Kojima, a criminal who gets his way smuggling endangered butterflies and insects in and out of practically every country, whenever he pleases, because he works for National Geographic. Except he doesn’t. Collecting the rarest specimens from Central America to Madagascar to Papua New Guinea to the Grand Canyon, he eventually gets caught because of the sexual attachment he develops (over the internet) to the undercover US Fish and Wildlife Special Agent Ed Newcomer; not because of his M.O. Lucky for the planet, Newcomer’s obsession with putting Kojima behind bars quickly surpasses Kojima’s obsession with possessing the rarest butterflies (and as many of them as possible).
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The practical neuroscience of Buddha’s Brain: happiness, love & wisdom (2009)
by Rick Hanson, PhD & Richard Mendius, MD
Whenever someone makes a reference to any religion, faith, or some divine power, I start looking for a way out of that conversation. So I would not have gone out of my way to pick Buddha’s Brains, if a yoga instructor reading this book hadn’t used a term that piqued my curiosity. She said to practice equanimity as we were trying to hold a challenging pose for five breaths. In the one second I diverted my attention from the pose to decide whether I had just heard a macroeconomics term or a Sanskrit one, I lost my balance. “Equanimity is a state of unshakable focus that cannot be distracted by pain or pleasure”, she said.
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