"The Unbearable Lightness of Being" - Milan Kundera (sent to me by
six magical fortuities, including the face of a magical
"The Neverending Story" - Michael Ende. (the book, not the movie -
the movie is great, but for kids. The book is for adults who are
willing to face their dark sides and... well... work them
"Beer In The Snooker Club" - Waguih Ghali - This is a gem that I
found - # a beautifully sarcastic, bitter comedy; a well-written
post-colonial book by an Egyptian writer - a one-time wonder - he
committed suicide, before gracing our world with any more of his
thoughts, but WHAT a wonder!
It's like a slow, sardonic, incredibly funny degustation platter of
everything the mid-twentieth century had to offer to someone who
strives for freedom from generational and cultural baggage, freedom
from what is false, from what is pretentious... It's incredibly
subtle, incredibly funny, and laughingly bitter - to the point of
deep sadness through tears of laughter:
"Man's Search for Meaning" - Viktor Frankl.
Written by a jewish psychiatrist, who had survived a concentration
camp, yet somehow had the grace and professionalism to keep all his
observations unbiased. Not much more needs to be said.
"Everything Is Illuminated" = Jonathan Safran Foer. This is
definitely a premium book. Although it's really hard for me to
imagine how it reads to a non-russian (like 'Clockwork Orange' -
cudos to any non-russian-speaking human who has read and absorbed
This book is so profoundly 'bilingual' - both in its brilliant use
of language as well as the humour, style, the juxtapositions of
western and eastern-european logic. (Clearly, I am using
'bilingual' in a deeper sense than just the ability to speak and
understand two languages: bi-lingual in the emotional sense to the
Richard Brautigan - anything at all by Richard Brautigan, because
he is a true poet, no matter how messed-up.
"The Little Prince" - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Walrus, ufomammut, Electric Moon, Dead Kennedys, Cosmic Psychos,
Primordial, Tool, Black Lips, Scream'n' Jay Hawkins, Razor, Deep
Purple, Black Babbath, Juno Reactor, J.S. Bach, Them Crooked
Vultures, KAT, Four Tet, Captain Beefheart, 13th Floor Elevators,
Rocky Erickson, Sir General Cloudesley Shovell, Iron Maiden,
Alchemist, Nigel Kennedy, some Amon Tobin (the more morbid bits),
Testament, Sodom, Carcass, Midnight, Absolum, Penta, Black Sabbath,
Pentagram, Muse, QOTSA and Kyuss, Stooges, Manilla Road, Voivod,
Kino, Nautiuls Pompilius, Carcass, early (!) Alchemist, early (!)
Annihilator, Carcass, Beirut, Cosmos Sound Club, Captain Beefheart,
Black Lips, Megadeth, Aesop Rock, Beirut, KOT (Komitet Ohrany
Tepla), LowKi, O Paradis, Auktyon, Manfred Mann, Jethro Tull,
Norreport, (some) Portishead, the list goes on...
Cinematographic indulgences off the top of my head, and in no
Withnail And I
This Is England
Dogs in Space
Brave Little Toaster (sent to me by the same magical tree)
Everything is Illuminated
Hedwig And The Angry Inch
Brave Little Toaster
most of Tarkovsky
many Russian movies you would probably not know...
As much as this offends fans, causing them to foam at the mouth, I
do find 'Star Wars', 'Twin Peaks' and Murakami - only 'not bad'.