Books that absolutely everybody must read before they die.
Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton
The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan
White Flight:Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism by Kevin M. Kruse
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama
How to Read LACAN by Slavoj Zizek
I was required to do close reading and analysis of these books for Intro to Prose Genres. To be honest, if it weren’t for this course, I probably would not have picked up 4 of the 5 books. Although writing prose is definitely not my forte, close examination and being aware of authors’ usage of figurative language to convey ambiguous messages throughout a non-fiction amazes me. I won’t go into detail, for the summaries are all over the web. However, I must admit that my opinions and positivist approach towards these books are largely influenced due to having the best professor who never failed to deliver engaging lectures.
All in all, these are fantastic reads! I highly recommend all the books. However, How to Read Lacan is quite a difficult read. According to my professor it takes approximately a month or so for a group intellectuals, academics, and graduate students, who make up the Lacanian/enthusiasts group in Vancouver, to closely examine 2 chapters of Lacan trying to make sense of what Zizek is trying to convey. And to echo what my professor said, you truly won’t understand American politics until you have read White Flight. He himself is American and taught at a university in the south for 12 years prior to moving to Vancouver.
Oh, also because I thoroughly enjoyed all the books, I do not plan on reselling them back to the school book store.
I spent way too much money on Starbucks over the years. I recall last year, in two months alone, I think it was $500+ or so that I wasted indulging on these delicious, but wallet-destroying drinks. And from the beginning of this year till now, a couple hundred have been thrown at the conglomeration.
No more of this crap. It’s going to stop now.
P.S. And you want to know what the funniest part is? I’m not even a Gold Card Holder. I have absolutely no status or recognition among the baristas at my usual store for my allegiance. They don’t even know my name. So long Starbucks, my loyalty towards you is officially over.
Still very sore from yesterday’s workout, didn’t download the fit test, so I went straight to the plyometric circuit training. Absolute killer and was longest 40 minutes of my life. I was out of breath the entire down and managed to guzzle down 2 water bottles in 20 minutes. It’s plyometric circuit training again today, pray for me. jk, but really, I’m looking forward to the next workout.