Setting aside more time for leisure reading is my perpetual goal. As the days grow shorter, my list of books to read grows longer, and as irresistible as internet distractions can be, it feels so good to "disconnect" for an hour or two and curl up after sunset with a good book. Over the past week or so, I've been working through two nonfiction books: HALLUCINATIONS by OLIVER SACKS and THE CREATIVE HABIT by TWYLA THARP. And because I can't stay away from the internet completely, I have a few favorite blogs and links to share too.
If you're interested in psychology, you must read Oliver Sacks. A professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine, Sacks writes clinical case histories of patients who suffer from psychological disorders and mental traumas. As the title suggestions, his most recent book discusses the phenomenon of hallucinations that can accompany conditions such as illness, blindness and even mere lack of visual stimulation. His patients' descriptions are often vivid, fantastic and filled with aesthetic potential. Though there's a lot of advanced science behind his research, Sacks writes in language that anyone can understand and appreciate.
According to Sacks, hallucinations are a testament to the mind's creativity, but if you're feeling a bit uninspired, Twyla Tharp's The Creative Habit will get you out of your rut. I suppose Tharp's book fits into the genre of "self-help," but it's not gimmicky or saccharine. Drawing on her own experience as a choreographer, Tharp aims to stimulate introspection and motivation by sharing some truths of all artistic trades. One of my favorites: "The thing about creativity is, people are going to laugh at it. Get over it."
Also, some links:
This ballet by Jiri Kylian
Sherri's post on German pancakes
Sonia's post + video on double choc chip cookies (can you tell I have a sweet tooth?)
Bethany's blog and Sophie's blog, in general
PS: besides reading, this weekend I'll be watching Paris, Je T'Aime while lacquering up with Essie's "Sand Tropez." How have I never watched this movie? Have you?