Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and OrganizingThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So I finished the book on March 17th, and I finished eliminating and organizing my clothing, purses, and jewelry before that, on March 16th. I also cleared out my bedroom of nonsense, and cleared off my desk in there, and the bedroom and desk are both a pleasure now. We were gone on vacation from March 17-22.

I did my books pretty quickly when I got back because I was so excited to pick up where I left off. I got my nonfiction down to 45 + 3 borrowed books, and my fiction to 70 + 2 borrowed books. I broke the konmari rules a little and kept a bunch of books I have not yet read, and could probably still weed them down a little, but I'm happy with how little space they take up currently.

The only problem is that I have hundreds of my dad's books from when he passed away, so even though I made a lot more progress on those than in the last 4 years of slowing sorting them, they are a big project and they are kind of a cross between books and mementos.

Next up paper...
I suspect that most people do their clothes and then get stuck, based on the plethora of youtube videos about konmari and clothing items. But I'm resolved to through all the categories and all the rooms in my home.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night's DreamA Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This one often looks beautiful when you see it performed because of the woods and the fairies, but the plot is so messy I have trouble concentrating. Poor Hernia and Helena, the play does torture those women in the name of comedy.

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Here Is New York by E.B. White

Here Is New YorkHere Is New York by E.B. White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's interesting how similar New York still is- in the generalities if not in the specifics. Beautiful essay.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Rediscovery of the Unique by H.G. Wells

The Rediscovery of the UniqueThe Rediscovery of the Unique by H.G. Wells
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Everything is different and unique. Words for nouns and adjectives are just imprecise generalizations. So far, so good.

Then he extends this as an analogy to claim that individual atoms are also different and therefore atomic theory can't be valid. Um? And then he also throws in that morality is also an over-generalization. Such a short essay on such weighty topics fails to persuade.

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