Hope & resistance – books to read for inspiration & understanding in dark times

Hope and resistance. Those are two things I'm craving these days. This is a list of books and authors that might inspire both hope and resistance, as well as a deeper understanding of the world around us. For an always current, eerily prescient and perceptive look at politics and power, revolution and repression, look no… Continue reading Hope & resistance – books to read for inspiration & understanding in dark times

Books vs. ebooks & the joy of reading

How do you prefer to read books these days? Digital or hardcopy? Paper or screen? Ink or pixels? These days, some people seem to have very strong opinions on the "proper" way to read a book. Screens are bad. Paper is wasteful. E-readers are destroying the way we read/publish/write/think. And so on. I once had… Continue reading Books vs. ebooks & the joy of reading

My summer reading list – a work in progress + current reading

My summer reading lists are always works in progress. There are the hardcovers and paperbacks on my nightstand, all the books on my Kindle, and all those books I haven't even heard of yet that might end up either on the nightstand or in my Kindle at some future date. But since I love lists,… Continue reading My summer reading list – a work in progress + current reading

This old book: Umberto Eco’s “The Name of the Rose”

This paperback copy of The Name of the Rose was given to me in 1985 when I was a mere teenager, visiting the Greek island of Corfu with my best friend. We were doing the backpacking, inter-rail thing and had come down by train through Yugoslavia (yes, it still existed), had spent some time in Athens… Continue reading This old book: Umberto Eco’s “The Name of the Rose”