Miscellaneous – July 2014


“Moon and six pence” – William Somerset Maugham

b0917d9a36d58f5dbc95da6d04e025c0_w_h_mw650_mhImaginary and romanticized biography, loosely based on the life of Paul Gauguin. From London to Paris, from Marseille to Papeete the main character, a writer with a weakness for sarcasm, follows, a bit by chance, a bit for a strange frienship, the life and events of Charles Strickland: a man whom, having a common, calm and wealthy life, decides to leave all behind to paint. A hymn to freedom, for better or for worse, an excuse to start a winding path between artists, no matter if they are of colours or life. Marvellous.
Vote: ★★★★★

Read: “I have an idea that some men are born out of their due place” from “Moon and six pence”, W.S. Maugham

– “Remote – Office not required” – Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson

remote_frontDo you have enough of working in the office? Would you like to free from the unhealty life of the commuter and work in an alternative way but you don’t know how to tell your company and how to organize the job? This book, written by Basecamp founders, is what you were searching for.
Read it and suggest it to your boss and your collagues, you could find out that to change for the better your job and your lifestyle wasn’t so difficult.
Vote: ★★★★★

I wrote an in-depth article, with my observations and some personal part, here: “Remote – Office not required”: about a book and a lifestyle

– “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” – Douglas Adams

cover1It was years that everyone who read this book was telling me to start it. Now I understand why: very funny and absurd, light and original sci fi. But why am I talking about it? I’m sure you all know it already.
I’m sorry I didn’t read it before the Towel Day, now I’ll have to wait for almost a year 😉
Vote: ★★★★★



“L’Apollonide – Souvenirs de la Maison Close” – Bertrand Bonello (2011)L-Apollonide

The daily life of the girls of a parisian brothel in the early twentieth century, between regular lovers, debts and dreams.
L’Apollonide, upper class brothel, lives the passage from an era to another, carrying with it the life of the girls part of it, symbols of a past which suddenly changes direction.
The prostitutes are not second class women, background characters passing by, as in a lot of depictions we are used to, but people with feelings and intellect, who dream at the end the exact same things as a “free” woman (and maybe, given the era in which the movie is ambiented, even something more). They suffer of their condition and they don’t have a way to get out of it or defend themselves. Like Madeleine, beautiful prostitute disfigured by the man she loves and forced to become a ghost between the brothel’s walls, or Julie, abandoned by her rich lover a hair’s breadth away from freedom because she gets sick.
I loved the contrast between the rich Maison and the actual street prostitution, between the period piece ambientation and the contemporary soundtrack.
Vote: ★★★★★

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