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Readalog #12 | The End is the Beginning is the End


Readalog by Neha

December 29 · Issue #12 · View online

I collect words the way some people collect coins or butterfly specimens.
And this is where I share some of them with you.

Another year is ending. And yet another is beginning.
Borrowing Neil Gaiman’s words to make my wish:
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” 
Wishing you and yours a bright 2017.

From Around the Web
  1. The sense of smell is one of the most powerful. Yet why are certain smells so hard to identify? And what makes smell so difficult to talk about? One of the very things that seem to make smell so difficult to talk about—the fact that it is bound up with emotion—is what can make it so powerful when skillfully evoked. Read this compelling piece by Alastair Gee, exploring the vocabulary (or, the lack of it!) of smell.
  2. Often, we ask of others and are asked to ‘be kind’. But what does kindness really mean? And what does it take to be kind? This effectual treatise on kindness answers these, and more.
  3. Shehla Rashid speaks for many of us, when she declares the death of nuance in this unvarnished pieceThe time for nuance seems gone. The middle ground is shrinking. The vast grey area, where we would express doubts, question and learn and which lay in-between the binary states of “agree” or “disagree”, seems polarised.
Book of the Week (And of the YEAR!)
A Little Life. Hanya Yanagihara.
A Little Life. Hanya Yanagihara.
He experienced the singular pleasure of watching people he loved fall in love with other people he loved.
In Three Words: Consuming. Assiduous. Delectable.
Why Should You Read It: I’ve been wanting to write about the unnamed feelings this book made me feel, but every time I began, words fell short. There are good books, and there are great books. And then, there are books that you chance upon every once in a while, which outwit adjectives like good and great. A Little Life is one of those. It doesn’t just tell the story of four friends, it takes you to the lives of these four friends. It demands you to surrender every waking minute of yours and all your dreams and nightmares to these four friends. And if this sounds like an obsession you could do with, you should read this book. It will haunt you forever.
Beyond the Book: There will be no beyond once you read it. Seriously.
Buy the book here.
Word Wise
n. the ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable—their pupils glittering, bottomless and opaque—as if you were peering through a hole in the door of a house, able to tell that there’s someone standing there, but unable to tell if you’re looking in or looking out.
@SaranshGoila. Now widely famous for his #GoilaButterChicken, Saransh is a master in the language of food, both metaphorically and literally. And reading his words is like sauntering through a kitchen, fragrant aroma wafting therefrom, which you want to stay in. Forever.
You Got Me Singing/ Even though the world is gone/ You got me thinking/ I’d like to carry on. Ah. Leonard Cohen’s propitious words, in his own voice, make bidding goodbye (and good riddance?) to this strange year easier. More than that, they make for a great company, to bring in the new year with cheer and hopefulness. Here’s to a fulfilling 2017!
As ever,
With warmth and gratitude
P.S. Bringing Letters Back
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