I’ve gotten the opportunity to participate in a lovely book tour for the book Antiphony by Chris Katsaropoulos so I’m happy to share that book here with you today.
About the Book
“What if the Universe is really a giant thought?”
This is the question posed by a leading theoretician in String Theory physics at the start of this book. The book doesn’t so much answer the philosophical question as explore the ramifications of being someone in a field who radically changes the perspective that field has long taken. Powerful!
What I Loved Most
I enjoyed this book a lot. Here are some of the main reasons:
- It’s super smart but also accessible. It delves deep into scientific theory as well as philosophy and some psychology but it uses layperson language and felt really accessible to me.
- The writing style reminds me of Milan Kundera. I’m a huge fan of Kundera’s work, particularly the book Identity: A Novel
so this is a big compliment. I think Kundera has a really unique voice and style that I never really see anywhere and Katsaropoulos has a similar quality that lent some magic to the reading for me.
- It’s fiction but I’m sure it’s rooted in some history/biography. At least in the sense that the major game-changers in the world, especially in science, have often faced difficulty in their fields (and their lives) when they turn accepted ideas on their heads. It really gives pause for thought and appreciation when it comes to the innovators of our world.
- It blends reality and non-reality in a fabulous way. There are dreams and visions, there’s science and of course the piece itself is fiction but could be a real story theoretically. Interesting!
About the Author
I actually wasn’t familiar with Chris Katsaropoulos before now but it turns out that he’d written another novel called Fragile and has also authored a number of non-fiction titles and poetry.
About the Publisher
Luminis Books is a proud independent publisher located in Indiana. Learn more at www.luminisbooks.com.
I recently upcycled a dress that I liked but wasn’t working for me. The dress was too long.
I decided to cut the bottom of the skirt into strips.
I’m wanting to start doing more stlye posts showing some of the things I wear. I hadn’t planned to do this so this month’s roundup is impromptu and there aren’t many pictures but there are a few:
I wear tights almost every day because I love skirts and dresses and I’m always cold here in San Francisco. In the first photo you see fishnets layered over white opaque tights on a particularly cold day.
New Pink Skirt
I’m actually wearing sheer hose in this photo too. The skirt is one of many, many items that I picked up in February at the Goodwill $2 sale. Continue reading
Finally getting around to posting some photos from my fun time a few weeks ago at the Sha-Boom-Boom-Room drag/burlesque show at Rebel. I thought it was fun to see the two performance styles side-by-side in the same show; they are arts that have similarities and differences and it was great to juxtapose them in this fun way.
I recently read this special book that is a teen’s educational memoir about what it’s like to live with autism.
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism was written by Naoki Higashida. He’s a Japanese writer who worked with a teacher using a system of pointing out what he wanted to say on alphabet cards, answering questions about what it is like to be inside the body of autism.
The book has been translated by KA Yoshida and David Mitchell and an introduction has been added by David Mitchell. They have an autistic child and explain how reading this book finally helped them to understand a lot about their child and gain more patience, compassion and communication with their kid.
The book is mostly Q&A format. The teen author highlights that this is just his personal experience and that he can’t say for sure what it is like for anyone else to be autistic. But he explains a lot about his experience in a way that might answer questions for others wondering what an autistic child is thinking or why they behave the way that they do.
For example, he addresses the question: “why do you ask the same questions over and over?” He explains that whereas other people seem to have their information stored in chronological order or clear files in their brain, his memory is more like a pool with dots of information. He says, “I’m always picking up these dots – by asking my questions – so I can arrive back at the memory that the dots represent.” And he goes on to explain that repeatedly asking the same question also offers the benefit of allowing him to play with spoken language because words or phrases he’s familiar with are easiest for him for conversations.
In addition to the Q&A there are some short stories/ essays integrated into the writing. It’s a quick read and one that I found really powerful. It helps remind me that people experience every single thing differently from others – not just autistic people but all people. We don’t all remember the same, perceive the same, experience the same. It makes me want to be more curious about what others are experiencing and why they do what they do, rather than sitting in my experience and judging what’s happening from the outside.
I shared this (and other books I read) on Instagram. Follow me there.
I just loved this too much not to share it.
Dezeen says: “Canadian firm RAW Design has created a series of shelters that look like giant pompoms to keep skaters warm on a frozen river in Winnipeg.” Lots more info in the full article.
I was recently looking through the courses that are offered in the Women’s Spirituality degree program at my school (CIIS). There are three related courses offered related to the power of women in the arts. I thought I’d share some of the names of the creative, spiritual women and their works that are highlighted in those course descriptions.
Women’s Visionary Fiction
- Isabel Allende
- Mary Mackey
- Ella Deloria
- Maxine Hong Kingston
I’ve read some of Allende’s work and love it and want to read more, including her newest book Ripper: A Novel. I’m embarassed to say that I don’t think I’ve read any of Kingston’s full works and I’ve never even heard of the other two women – something I intend to remedy ASAP.
Women’s Visionary Poetry
Happy Valentine’s Day. I just thought I’d share some inspiration related to this day, which I rounded up from posts that I did in various categories on Sussle in the last month.
Canvas and button art, tutorial from Southern Lovely
Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Gift Idea (cut flower replacement). Via Weburbanist.
Metallic gold love script print via Made By Girl
I took Lucy for a walk along Polk Street and looked for things to photograph.
I was playing around with the idea of finding just one thing to take a picture of and not taking any other pictures. I like this idea as it reminds me of the selectiveness I had when I would play with photography as a teenager, before the digital camera age, when film was expensive and I had to be picky about what I pictured.