jagodasladoled: (Default)
( Dec. 12th, 2012 09:50 pm)

Comment to be added! I'll be happy to make new friends, just make sure we have some interest in common!
I just came across this quote in the community [livejournal.com profile] literaryquotes and found it post-worthy. I don't know the book it's taken from (although I might have heard of it), but I just love it when the following happens:

"The best moments in reading are when you come across something- a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person who you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours. "

-Hector, 'The History Boys', Alan Bennett

jagodasladoled: (unknown woman)
( Apr. 22nd, 2009 12:29 pm)
For once, I really liked a Facebook quiz.

I took the Which fairy tale character are you? test and got Little Red Riding Hood as a result, along with the following lines...

"Little Red Riding Hood:

You are devoted to family, but don't always listen to their advice. You are quite poor at recognizing people if they look just a little different. You are quite fashionable. You bring people baskets of goodies when they are feeling down. You are attracted to woodsmen."

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( Mar. 4th, 2009 03:58 pm)
La Sorbonne ou l'université Denis Diderot, c'est la question! The former sounds better, of course, for it's a well-known name. The latter on the other hand offers a master on "Identité, alterité" with quite an interest seeming programme. YES ! I'm thinking of studying in PARIS. I just don't know where.
To make matters more complicated there are different professors responsible for nominating Erasmus out-going canditates, so I don't know whether it's better to apply for both things or to settle for one. GAH! Desicions! 

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( Jan. 12th, 2009 07:02 pm)
Now, that's fun: My internet lets me open a handful of sites, but most of the time I only get error messages. This has been going on for days! I can use my mails and LiveJournal (although some links don't work, I can't visit all my friend's pages), the uni homepage, Facebook and similar things I would be very annoyed not to be able to connect to, but not more. Bizarre bizzare.  It make's no sense.
I uploaded the best of Berlin pics to Facebook & co but wanted to share some here as well, especially my beloved photographs of Potsdam/Sansouci :)

Berlin Berlin )

jagodasladoled: (Default)
( Oct. 30th, 2008 09:41 pm)
I just baked tasty smelling carrot muffins. I love baking lately. Has anyone got a favourite recipe he/she wants to share so I can try it out? :)
jagodasladoled: (alec s.)
( Aug. 28th, 2008 03:29 pm)
 I just found an article by Zadie Smith on E.M. Forster. It was pointed out in the community [profile] british_fiction I copied it and intended to read it later, but the first paragraph caught my eye. I haven't read on, because I don't have the time right now, but I like what she says in this first two  paragraphs, and the way she says it.

All in all, I like this way more than what I read in THIS article, written in 1974 by Andrew Hodges and David Hutter, which I find rather ridiculous in thinking that Forster could have actually brought on homosexual law reform by outing himself, and  agressively attacks him.

So much today, on E.M. Forster.
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( Aug. 21st, 2008 10:27 am)
Torchwood + Brownies + Port wine are three ingredients for an excellent evening, which I had yesterday with Vroni.
I 've just returned from my trip to Croatia.  I spent the last week sitting on the apartment's terrace with sea-view and lying around on the beach, swimming and reading.

Tom Ripley here, Tom Ripley there, I kept my father up with the story of the first Ripley novel. And Tom Ripley slept in a car once, I said, so it doesn't matter if we sleep in the car the night we board the ferry.

And I have new proof that the world is indeed very small.
She only requested a photograph from her husband who was traveling abroad, alas!  instead she gets a full-size, god-like marble statue that is delivered many years later to her second husband's house...

Hardy, Hardy, Thomas Hardy, how I love thee! All the drama and unhappiness, the deaths and loneliness. Didn't I always say I prefer happy endings?
But that's the one thing you can never get in his gripping stories. The incident described above takes place in his story "Barbara of the House of Grebe". Barbara worships the mentioned statue, that shows her first husband in all his glory before his handsome face was destroyed by fire, and who, after finding Barbara unable to resume her love for him, leaves her and dies soon after that. The second husband, who's described as determined and brutal, employs a fellow to distort the statue to resemble the man after the deformation, in order to make his wife love him! Aaand he succeeds. Barbara gets all clingy and nervous and he annoyed. In series she gives birth to eleven children, of whom only one daughter reach adulthood. Then Barbara dies and he never remarries.

In other stories poetic women get obsessed about poets (as happens in "An Imaginative Woman") and die without having met him but being suspected of having had an affair with, or touch a hanged man's neck to obtain healing of a wound that cannot be otherwise healed and die afterwards  ("The Withered Arm")  and men that are unable to marry the girls they love because their wives don't die quickly enough ("Fellow Townsmen").

I want to read one of his novels, now.
jagodasladoled: (alec s.)
( Jul. 22nd, 2008 09:02 am)
Tonight I am travelling to Sweden!  My mother and I will take the night train to Munich and then head to Rostok where we will take the ferry to Trelleborg. From there, we will explore the South of Sweden by car. So that means we won't visit Stockholm, unfortunately, but hej!, I'm very excited, nevertheless! 
jagodasladoled: (alec s.)
( Jul. 4th, 2008 11:46 am)
The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ

I cheated a bit, I guess. Some of them (e.g. "Wuthering Heights") I have only read in shortened `easy reader´ versions eight or seven years ago. At least I didn't bold the books I wasn't sure whether I had read them or not, like "Oliver Twist"and "David Copperfield".



jagodasladoled: (Default)
( Jun. 16th, 2008 12:57 am)
My eyes hurt from staring at the computer screen for too long. Tomorrow I have a classroom presentation that still is quite unstructured. And it's one a.m., there are still some things to do and I've to get up at seven. Why the hell have I been so lazy during the day???
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( Jun. 8th, 2008 12:51 am)
After some lazy days that had really felt like holidays my life got busy again: University demands its share with presentations and examinations, my free time is filled with family gatherings like my grand-fathers birthday today, meeting friends (I attended a lovely grill party a few days ago and a rather lame party yesterday), theater and opera - like for example Jean Genet's "The Maids" and a musical play about  Mozart's wife's family- and not to forget various films from Israel, for I have a course on that and therefore should see as many as possible of the films that are currently shown within an Israel retrospective. Tonight I saw one, but I didn't like it particularly. I've seen better before and no doubt there will be better to come.
What is cool that I have special conditions: Attending the course on Israeli film I only pay three Euros instead of five for the ticket. I only have to say my name in order to attain the reduction. I like that!
jagodasladoled: (hopper #2)
( Jun. 1st, 2008 08:41 pm)
Today at nine o'clock in the morning my mother, Wilhelm and I paid our season's first visit to that emerald green lake to take a quick swim, just ten minutes or so by car from where we live.  We went  there a lot  last autumn.  The lake is surrounded by rocks and meadows that  now  are full with flowers and blooming trees.
In the afternoon I visited a Grace - Kelly - Exhibition, that featured a lot of very pretty photographs of her and a documentary film. I was with Nina, whom I had not seen in a very long time, and afterwards we had some Ice - cream. It has been very hot today, now it has cooled off and started raining and thundering.

I will probably leave the computer now and retire to bed to read either "Howard's End", which I have just started and that presently stresses me out a bit, though I can not say exactly why (-it's the characters, I think, somehow they talk too much and too quickly for my liking-), or instead start Isherwood's "Goodbye to Berlin".
But somehow I also feel reviewing David Leavitt's "While England Sleeps", a book that I finished reading the day before yesterday and that stirred me  a bit, before indulging in a new novel.
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( May. 30th, 2008 12:57 pm)
When I woke up today in the morning I craved some Mozart. I was especially in the mood to listen to his Entführung, but I found Le Nozze first and put it on. Happy happy Mozart sound, how it instantly excited me!
Then, after a shower, the whole day lying ahead of me, I decided to go to a bookshop, just to find it closed. So I went into Designer clothes shops instead, dried on gorgeous vintage dresses that I decided were way too expensive for me, and instead bought a cute red & white dress for 30 Euros.
jagodasladoled: (rear window)
( May. 11th, 2008 09:22 pm)
Today  I filled pages and pages of my diary, which had been neglected for a very long time. And for once, in my, if not continuous still respectable `career´ as a diary writer,  I didn't get distracted by words.
One can say that today was the day were honesty entered my diary. It was a good experience.
jagodasladoled: (alec s.)
( Apr. 19th, 2008 11:57 am)
I'm getting ready for my trip to Brussels! Or rather, I should! My flight goes at 6 p.m. and I still haven't packed.
I'm looking forward to discover the city. And the Belgian chocolate, oh my! The weather isn't supposed to be very nice, though!
Before I returned E.M. Forster's novel "The Longest Journey" to the library, a book that took me a while to get into it but that nevertheless ended up being very dear to me, I copied out the following quote.

E.M. Forster on what he calls the `teacup of experience´ in his novel "The longest Journey":

"Oh, that teacup! To be taken at prayers, at friendship, at love, till we are quite sane, quite efficient, quite experienced, and quite useless to God or man. We must drink it, or we shall die.
But we need not drink it always. Here is our problem and our salvation. There comes a moment - God knows when - at which we can say: `I will experience no longer. I will create, I will be an experience.´ But do to this we must be both acute and heroic. For it is not easy, after accepting six cups of tea, to throw the seventh in the face of the hostess."

I really really like it, the style and the metaphor of the teacup and all!