Saturday, February 27, 2016

Suit up

"You wanna lose small, I wanna win big"
I never thought that I would become a binge-junkie, but here we are.

"I offer this work as a mere introduction to the wealth of fantastic beasts that inhabit our world"

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

For my birthday my sister Margot gave me J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them (2001). The perfect gift for a Potterhead like myself! The book is credited under the name 'Newt Scamander' and purports to be Harry's textbook of the same name mentioned in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The book benefits Comic Relief, with over 80% of the cover price of each book going to poor children in various places around the world. A couple of years ago, Rowling announced that there will be a movie trilogy inspired by the book, featuring Scamander as the main character, set in a world 70 years before Harry's story starts.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Inside Out

Inside Out

Last night I at long last watched Inside Out (2015). My brother Marlon is crazy about the movie and had been wanting me to watch it for months, and yesterday he finally won out. 

"I'm too fast. I'm too good and I'm too cool and you can't stop me"

Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini

I just finished reading Be More Chill (2004) by American author Ned Vizzini. I first stumbled upon Vizzini's writing via It's Kind of a Funny Story, which I read last year and enjoyed very much, so I didn't think twice about getting Be More Chill when it crossed my path a little while ago. 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The 38-year-old 8-year-old is back

Three years after industrial/ugly-beautiful Yeezus, Kanye West is back with another album, his seventh solo effort to date. Mr. West debuted the album at Madison Square Garden, playing it from his laptop during the unveiling of Yeezy Season 3, his latest fashion line, on the first day of New York Fashion Week. The fashion presentation/launch party was beamed to cinema screens in 25 countries and beamed online, making it the world's biggest listening party. How fitting for the second coming of the Messiah.

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Earlier this week I watched A Million Ways To Die In The West (2014) by Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane. I remember watching the trailer a couple of years ago, but I also had a lot of friends tell me that the movie was disappointing and unfunny. Looking for a dumb comedy after a long day of snowboarding, we decided to check it out. As a fan of Family Guy and Ted, I was expecting some hahahs and a couple of dirty jokes, but little more.

"For all its glories, baseball is a brutal business"

Good enough to dream by Roger Kahn

In the car ride coming back from our snowboarding trip in the Dolomites, I read Good Enough To Dream (1985) by American writer, sports editor and editor-at-large Roger Kahn, who was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. I stumbled upon the book when I was assembling my Christmas wish list late last year, going through many notable sports books. A lot of them looked awesome, like George Plimpton's Paper Lion, Rick Telander's Heaven Is A Playground and H.G. Bissinger's Friday Night Lights, but Good Enough To Dream stood out the most.

"You don't feel like smiling? Then what? Force yourself to smile"

Everything I never old you by Celeste Ng

Last week I read Everything I Never Told You (2014) by Celeste Ng, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native whose parents move from Hong Kong to the USA in the late 60's. I found the book via BuzzFeed's The 24 Best Fiction Books of 2014 and immediately added it to my Christmash wish list because I very much liked the accompanying description. Thanks Katrien for getting it for me! Cool fact: Ng spent 6 years writing Everything I..., going through four different full drafts.