journals
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
May 20
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa

This fictional diary and journal by the Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa is one of Nobel Prize-winning Jose Saramago’s and Patti Smith’s favorite books. I see why. The dazzling prose, poetry, intelligence, and intimate vignettes by the author or his brilliant, reclusive alternative ego’s inner and external experiences is an incredible read.

I recommend reading this book the same as I suggest reading Proust, i.e., the writing is so rich that it’s best to read no more than six or seven pages a day.

Learn more or purchase The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa.

Voyeurs Motel by Gay Talese
July 20
The Voyeur’s Motel by Gay Talese

I wonder why Gay Talese got involved in this sordid story? Talese is the reason I decided to read this supposedly true tale of a motel owner who spied on his guests for decades.

There’s some evidence that the motel owner voyeur’s tale is unreliable. In fact, I felt that throughout the narrative.

This is one of the most talked about books of 2016. It is interesting at times in a sleazy sort of way. I’m sorry I read this.

 

 

January 13
Of Walking in Ice by Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog is a man who goes to extremes in his art and life in the best way.

In Of Walking in Ice Werner Herzog chronicles his commitment to himself to trek from Munich to Paris in the belief his dying mentor, Lotte Eisner, will remain alive as he journeys to her on foot. This journal powerfully captures the brutal weather and bitter cold. Herzog breaks into homes or buildings to make it through the nights. And at times, he appears to go mad as he chronicles his surrealistic thoughts.

This is 1974, and it gives you a sense how much the world has changed as we experience with him the roads, poverty, farms, streams, forests and disconnected towns and citizens that eye him warily. Herzog takes you on the odyssey emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

The other benefit of reading this book is it inspired me to watch several of his incredible films at the same time.

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January 13
Henry and June by Anais Nin

Anais Nin’s erotic memoir, Henry and June, captures her year of sexual exploits and relationships, particularly the passion she shared with Henry Miller. 

“Taken from the original, uncensored journals of Anaïs Nin, Henry and June spans a single year in Nin’s life when she discovers love and torment in one insatiable couple. From late 1931 to the end of 1932, Nin falls in love with Henry Miller’s writing and his wife June’s striking beauty. When June leaves Paris for New York, Henry and Anaïs begin a fiery affair that liberates her sexually and morally, but also undermines her marriage and eventually leads her into psychoanalysis. As she grapples with her own conscience, a single question dominates her thoughts: What will happen when June returns to Paris? An intimate account of one woman’s sexual awakening, Henry and June exposes the pain and pleasure felt by a single person trapped between two loves.”

Learn more or purchase Henry and June by Anais Nin