– You Owe Me Nothing In Return by Alanis Morissette
The New York Times review of Astrid & Veronika is pretty spot-on.
Although I loved the book, it was definitely and undeniably Olsson’s first–there was a line which I forgot to flag where Veronika is looking at the much older Astrid and her head reminds her both of the fragility of a baby’s and a death mask or something, and I am not kidding. Not to mention the much maligned description of summer nights in London as “warm, like velvety tepid water.”
Overall Astrid & Veronika was a lovely, quick read and I don’t have any serious complaints about it. It is a welcome addition to novels about female friendship, which as I wrote a friend, seem to be monopolized by poorly written genre fiction.
If this book ever gets the Hollywood treatment–doubtful, but you never know–Vanessa Redgrave should be cast to play Astrid, no one could do it better.
^ This title made me think of this song which is completely unrelated to the post you’re about to read–sorry!
In high school I had this theory that infuriated my friends.
Wait for it…
Maybe “love” could mean more than just romantic love.
I was ahead of my time, wasn’t I?
…Or not. Last week I couldn’t get a certain Alanis Morissette song out of my head (seriously I was humming and singing this song everywhere–at bus stops, malls, everywhere) and one of the comments on a fan video on YouTube said that the Greek have something like five different words for love. Well, Wikipedia tells me there’s four, but basically “the Greek language distinguishes how the word is used” so, basically, you can love your friend without it meaning you love your friend, see below:
In other news, I have been reading a lot of Brain Pickings, which may be my new favorite site. Some of my favorites include:
- Vita Sackville-West’s Love Letter to Virginia Woolf
- How to Avoid Work: A 1949 Guide to Doing What You Love
- Frida Kahlo’s Passionate Hand-Written Love Letters to Diego Rivera
- Susan Sontag on Why Lists Appeal To Us
- On Craftmanship: The Only Surviving Recording of Virginia Woolf’s Voice
Oh, and if you haven’t seen the latest from Maria Popova, Explore, go, now! Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you have imagined. (Who else but Thoreau?)
Meanwhile, I’m going to go back to humming that Alanis Morissette song…
Smile, tomorrow’s the first day of May!
– Veronika from Astrid & Veronika by Linda Olsson
You may remember my friend, Bob Bowers (aka One Tough Pirate), who submitted his picture at the AIDS Quilt in Washington last summer to Kenn’s Project.
I happen to think he is so amazing everyone should “meet” him. So without further ado… Meet Bob Bowers, in the latest for Flaming Red (my blog for TheBody.com – the complete HIV/AIDS resource).