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Y A D I • Chicago  an artsy weirdo who likes to read.

“Does such a thing as 'the fatal flaw,' that showy dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside literature? I used to think it didn't. Now I think it does. And I think that mine is this: a morbid longing for the picturesque at all costs.”

This book starts off so mysterious and a bit melancholic, every word makes me want to keep reading more and more.

it’s like a treasure hunt...

After almost missing my flight and staying awake during the long journey, I finally made it to Paris. First thing I did was walk to all the close-by bookstores...💖📚

“I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.”
Simone de Beauvoir

The difficult part about packing for a trip is choosing which books to take with...

“You once said: My reward for this life will be a thousand pounds of dirt
shoveled in my face. You were wrong. You are seven pounds of ashes
in a box, a Puerto Rican flag wrapped around you, next to a red brick
from the house in Utuado where you were born, all crammed together
on my bookshelf. You taught me there is no God, no life after this life,
so I know you are not watching me type this letter over my shoulder.”
—Martín Espada from “Letter to My Father” from the March 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine

A piece written to a father where the writer acknowledges, as he’s been taught by his father, that there is no God but also suggesting that there is a desperate need for a savior still. This piece highlights the events after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, the destruction and the president’s feeble attempts to provide assistance.
Very touching piece filled with urgency and sentiment.

“Yes, my consuming desire is to mingle with road crews, sailors and soldiers, barroom regulars—to be a part of a scene, anonymous, listening, recording—all this is spoiled by the fact that I am a girl, a female always supposedly in danger of assault and battery. My consuming interest in men and their lives is often misconstrued as a desire to seduce them, or as an invitation to intimacy. Yes, God, I want to talk to everybody as deeply as I can. I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night...”

Someone advised me to try reading from my favorite books in order to get out of my reading slump, and I think it is working. However, it’s made me want to reread this whole book again...💖

So I am in a reading slump sorta and the only thing I’ve been able to read is this book. Perhaps because I’ve been writing a lot these days and reading Sontag’s journals inspires me.

As I looked back in my recent journal entries, I’ve noticed I’ve only written about books and authors, there’s not much mentioned of anything else that’s been going on in my life, which made me understand that this why I’m in a reading slump. I’ve been reading so much this year that I’ve finally worn down and become overwhelmed, especially since I’ve read such heavy and emotionally straining books.
Therefore, as much as I’d like to keep reading, I will be patient with myself and not force it. I’ll refresh and get back into it sooner that way. ✨
Also, I’d like to thank everyone who gave me advice, yesterday, on how to deal with a reading slump, it was super helpful. 😊🙏🏻✨

when your mind is too scattered to focus on one book....

Happy International Women’s day!
A day when we recognize women for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, cultural, economic, or political, as it should be always and everyday.

Strong women lift each other up.

Still reading Men Explain Things to Me, which is honestly a book everyone should read. It resonates strongly with the ultimate problem of silencing women who have something to say that’s being dealt with nowadays. I highly recommend it.

“I have never yet managed to see the moment of the petals of a bud unfurling. I might dedicate the rest of my life to it and might still never see it. No, not might, I will: I will dedicate the rest of my life, in which I walk forward into this blossoming. When there's no blossom I will dead-head and wait. It'll be back. That's the nature of things.
As it is, I am careful when kissing, or when taking anyone in my arms. I warn them about the thorns. I treat myself with care. I guard against pests and frost-damage. I am careful with my roots. I know they need depth and darkness, and any shit that comes my way I know exactly what to do with. I'm composed when it comes to compost.”

Lately, I have been feeling a bit of a disconnect with everything. Sort of like I’m moving in slow motion and everything around me is going at double speed. It’s made me less inclined to be around most ppl except those I can truly be relaxed with. And it’s also made me go back to some of Ali Smith’s stories, especially this small passage. It brings me comfort to reread passages like this, when I’m feeling like this...know what I’m talking about??? 😬 #intrusivethoughtsintensify #mindfulness #alismith #publiclibraryandotherstories #bookworm

“Men explain things to me, still. And no man has ever apologized for explaining, wrongly, things that I know and they don't.”

This year I told myself I wanted to read more nonfiction about issues that matter. The list of those books is huge and full of all kinds of topics. I decided to start with Men Explain Things to Me, which Daphne @mywildestbookdreams convinced me I should read after we discussed an old Rebecca Solnit article. As Daphne predicted I do love Solnit. Her unapologetic attitude as she puts down logic and truth is completely badass. 🤘🏻
I’m super late reading this but I’m a fan now.

I swear this is magic ✨

When I go into bookstores, I get butterflies. It’s also amazing when the book sellers actually talk nerdy about the books with you.
I love this place. 💖

“Can you understand? Someone, somewhere, can you understand me a little, love me a little? For all my despair, for all my ideals, for all that - I love life. But it is hard, and I have so much - so very much to learn.”

“God, but life is loneliness, despite all the opiates, despite the shrill tinsel gaiety of "parties" with no purpose, despite the false grinning faces we all wear. And when at last you find someone to whom you feel you can pour out your soul, you stop in shock at the words you utter - they are so rusty, so ugly, so meaningless and feeble from being kept in the small cramped dark inside you so long. Yes, there is joy, fulfillment and companionship - but the loneliness of the soul in its appalling self-consciousness is horrible and overpowering.”
— Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals

Those glorious mornings I get to stay in listening to Françoise Hardy and reading some Sylvia Plath. 💖✨

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