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Readalog #13 | Can there ever be too much?

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Readalog by Neha

January 5 · Issue #13 · 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.


I read somewhere: It’s always better to give too much, pay too much, and love too much, than not enough. But then, since everything comes back to you anyway, can there ever be too much?
Something to think about, isn’t it? :)
I’d love it if you’d share this issue with the ones you think might enjoy reading it. Thank you!

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4. Fiction to look out for in 2017
Book of the Week
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Mark Haddon.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Mark Haddon.
People say that Orion is called Orion because Orion was a hunter and the constellation looks like a hunter with a club and a bow and arrow…
But this is really silly because it is just stars, and you could join up the dots in any way you wanted, and you could make it look like a lady with an umbrella who is waving, or the coffeemaker which Mrs. Shears has, which is from Italy, with a handle and steam coming out, or like a dinosaur.
And there aren’t any lines in space, so you could join bits of Orion to bits of Lepus or Taurus or Gemini and say that they were a constellation called the Bunch of Grapes or Jesus or the Bicycle (except that they didn’t have bicycles in Roman and Greek times, which was when they called Orion Orion). And anyway, Orion is not a hunter or a coffeemaker or a dinosaur. It is just Betelgeuse and Bellatrix and Alnilam and Rigel and 17 other stars I don’t know the names of. And they are nuclear explosions billions of miles away. And that is the truth. 
In Three Words: Visceral. Tender. Different.
Why Should You Read It: To see the world from a ‘different’ perspective. The protagonist of the story is 15-years old Christopher, who has some form of high-function autism. The book is written with great care, and packs thought-provoking insights in its short length. And oh, it will leave you chuckling. It can be read in one go, over a weekend or through a night.
Beyond the Book: A survey in Great Britain, conducted by the BBC’s literacy campaign for World Book Day, found this book to be among “the top five happy endings, as voted on by readers” in novels (the others were Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Eyre and Rebecca).
Buy the book here.
Word Wise
numinous
adj. describing an experience that makes you fearful yet fascinated, awed yet attracted—the powerful, personal feeling of being overwhelmed and inspired.
the feeling of being in the presence of something greater than yourself. maybe viewing an amazing sunset. or perhaps the first time you touch your child’s hand and their little fingers wrap around one of yours. or standing on the top of a mountain and taking it all in. or simply, listening to music that takes you there.
#FF
@shrutisaxena. If wry humour is your cup of tea, then you must follow Shruti. Her sharp observations and biting writing are a treat to the senses. Example: ‘I went to Target today and got overwhelmed by the number of people and tried to buy the credit card machine and put it in my bag.’ See? I rest my case.
#OnLoop
Sham. It’s the song where I first heard Nikhil D'souza‘s honeyed voice. A song which is like a mug of hot chocolate on rainy days. A song so sensuous that it takes your breath away. Worthy of being played on loop, over and over.
With warmth and gratitude
Neha
P.S. Bringing Letters Back
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