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- 7.17.07 "Memories of My Melancholy Whores" is posted in Reflections, Relationships, Reviews
- 3.6.06 "A Swift Kick in the Butt" is posted in Reflections, Reviews
Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ Memories of My Melancholy Whores was not the best of his novels, and in comparison to the others I’ve read (Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude), it was lighter and more casual. Still it sparkled with gems of wit and wisdom throughout. While I wouldn’t recommend this book to everyone, from a personal/psychological /introspective viewpoint, there was a good deal to be gained.
The book was at times depressing. Like with Love in the Time of Cholera or Goethe’s Sorrows of a Young Werther, unrequited love was an ever-present theme. I know I’ve certainly been through the frustrations of “wanting what you can’t have” or relationship things working out “imperfectly”–and Memories is all about those emotions. One passage on this theme that made me smile (and sniffle):
For a week I did not take off my mechanic’s coverall day or night, I did not bathe or shave or brush my teeth, because love taught me too late that you groom yourself for someone, you dress and perfume yourself for someone, and I’d never had anyone to do that for. Page 82-83
It caught me because we’ve all seen how different we are when we’re in love or have lost love. (more…)
A couple articles have motivated me lately to really get moving on some of my interests. I wrote about one of them today on my technotheory blog, and the other is an interview of Malcolm Gladwell (author of Tipping Point and Blink) on ESPN.com.
Interestingly, they go in somewhat different directions. The first article contends that you don’t need to have been doing something all your life to be very successful at it. The second article (the Malcolm Gladwell interview) raises the point that, to be the absolute best at something, it’s quite helpful for you to have been doing it throughout your life.
Where the two articles converge is on the need to be passionate about whatever your interest may be. They both speak of an ardent desire to enjoy improving your skillsets, be it a gratifying or frustrating experience. With enough work, it’s possible to be a leader in whatever your industry or interest.
Best of luck :-).
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