Book Eleven on the Literary Advent: Have you read FORGIVENESS, by Mark Sakamoto? I found it absolutely riveting - the story of a man whose family was impacted on both sides by the Second World War. Read it, and expect tears. —
BENJAMIN ALIRE SÁENZ IS A QUINTUPLE THREAT. He has been recognized for his #novels, #shortstories, #poetry, young adult novels and children’s books. Published by large New York houses (HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster) and smaller, independent presses (Copper Canyon Press and Broken Moon Press), he also chairs the Creative #Writing Department at the #University of Texas, El Paso. He is a creature of the border, and his writing often #reflects and examines #life on la frontera.
In Sáenz’s most recent short-story #collection, Everything Begins & Ends at the Kentucky Club, published by El Paso–based Cinco Puntos Press, he delves deeper into the harsh realities of #border life as well as what it means to be Chicano and #gay. The book has recently been honored with a PEN/Faulkner Award for #Fiction and is a finalist for a Lambda #Literary Award in the Gay #General Fiction category.
#Booklist observed: “Sáenz writes prose that is tender, occasionally fierce, and always engaging.” I agree but would add that very few #writers can capture the brutal, #beautiful duality of life on the border with such authority and #sincerity.
One day I dreamt of going to Constantinople,
And take your heart and soul with me,
But the devils that surrounded me knew better,
If only they would have known that
We were no different than them
Maybe they would have let us go.
You know love, before I had found you,
I would always rant about my existential crisis trying to link it to
Various theories and hypotheses about myself,
I would very dejectedly pray to the God
Whose existence I vehemently rejected in my consciousness,
I would pray to him to help me find you,
And then keep you away from me.
Little did I know that God had indeed
Decided to step out of the Bible
And into our lives:
But what he didn't know was that
Satan was already there,
And in between waiting for God and you, love,
I had already started worshiping Satan.
So last Sunday when you asked me
If I would go to the Church with you,
You should know now why I refused.
Sometimes I feel I can haunt the world with my devils
As long as I like, and you won't
Even notice that my insides,
My inner self, which you worship
Like your personal divine power
Yesterday, while breakfast, when
We were discussing Macbeth
Did you know that I was walking Lady Macbeth around,
Trying to justify to me everything she did?
And then I saw you, telling me
Various theories of all those scholars,
But all I could see was her explanations.
So when I say 'literature', do know that I try to be a
Walking, talking X-ray machine
Who won't even flinch from becoming a
Page in history, adorned with verses,
Because my heart likes to walk in flames
While my body declares my heart to be a ghost town.
"To a great mind, nothing is little" - Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle
QOTD: If you would have any power, what would it be?
Heyy everyone! Last day of exams and I'm so ready to fail and breathe after the day ends.
Here's a little edit with the Glanagerie bottle! This is absolutely beautiful and I'm so afraid to use it because I don't wanna drain the battery but looooook
Book tags! I was tagged by @saronstalletion for the #ShadesofMagicalBooks ! Thank you very much!
✨Dull London (a book that bored you): Hollow City
✨Kell London (a book that holds magic for you): Harry Potter 100%
✨Creepy London (a book that makes you keep the lights on): None really ✨Dead London (a book that took over your life): PJO n HP n Narnia
I was also tagged by @thedreamer.reads_ and @madhatterwinona to do the #totallyrandomwouldyourather ! Thank you for the tag ladies 💋
🌃Night in or night out: Night in!
🌃Trainers or boots: Trainers???
🌃Dogs or cats: Doggo
🌃Physical or ebooks: Physical! I have a hard time reading and finishing ebooks sooo
🌃Tea or Coffee: Cofee!
🌃Bath or Shower: Just get me cleaned idc
🌃Movie or Documentary: Movie
🌃Plan ahead or go with the flow: Go with the flow, my plannee stuff never happens and spontaneous ones does
🌃Cake or lce cream: Ice cream!
🌃Superhero or secret agent: Secret Agent. This is actually a dream job of mine tbh
Day 12 of the #BookReadHappyHour - #SpecialAbilities