luni, 22 iunie 2015 | By: ioana97

Monday discussion: Limitele limbajului

Ei bine, daca ar fi fost cineva care sa imi spuna ca voi ajunge sa scriu despre asa ceva acum ceva timp, nu l-as fi crezut; nu pentru ca nu credeam ca limbajul nu are limitele sale, ca sa fie clar de la inceput. Si totusi... cam ca toate Monday discussion de pana acum, aceasta postare este determinata de o serie de factori. *si bineinteles ca am de gand sa ii expun ca sa va faceti o imagine de ansamblu: o sa intelegeti mai bine asa*

In primul rand, un prieten citea zilele trecute Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus de Ludwig Wittgenstein. Si
pentru ca aceasta persoana se intampla sa fie acel tip de persoana care apreciaza impartasirea informatiilor, mi-a povestit putin despre continutul cartii, desi nu apucase sa o termine. Si m-a atras, cumva: imi placeau ideile prezentate, dar ca sa intelegi tot ceea ce vorbeste autorul in...100 de pagini, aproximativ, trebuia sa treci de 200 de pagini explicative. *sau, cel putin asa parea la o prima rasfoire in parc* Oricum, nu ma mai intrebasem de ceva timp de limitele exprimarii *cam de pe la ultima sedinta de voluntariat cu Cuore*

Ceea ce vreau de fapt sa zic este ca de nicaieri, absolut intamplator, cineva mi-a vorbit despre limitele limbajului si ale modului in care ne exprimam si despre logica si filosofia din spatele lui. Si o zi mai tarziu m-am aflat in situatia de a-mi atinge limitele propriei exprimari.

Eram la o sedinta de interpretare a unui test de cariera *long story, credeti-ma pe cuvant* si doamna/domnisoara care se ocupa de mine ma punea sa imi exprim niste puncte de vedere cu privire la o sumedenie de idei pentru a ma intelege. Ei bine, pana aici, totul are sens si e frumos si cu floricele. Dar aici a intervenit problema. Incercand sa explic diverse idei am aflat ca nu pot sa le explic de fapt. Pentru mine exista o multime de idei care pentru mine sunt clar si coerente si cum vreti voi sa mai fie, dar atunci cand a trebuit sa le exprim, am avut niste dificultati, in general pentru ca nu am avut argumente logice pentru ceea ce credeam. *e cam la fel ca la sentimente, stiti*

Pentru mine sa cred ca multe (daca nu majoritatea) ideilor sunt facute pentru o mana de oameni mi se pare firesc. Stiu ca sunt elitist si urat din partea mea, dar cam asa stau lucrurile, ca vrem ca nu vrem. Bineinteles, nu ma refer la orice idee, ci la zicem stiintifice. Din punctul meu de vedere, asa a fost dintotdeauna si probabil ca asa va mai fi o buna bucata de vreme. Si totusi, argumentul cu "pentru ca asa este" nu e suficient.

De asemenea, sa afirm ca mi se pare firesc ca oamenii sa fie egali indiferent de rasa *va dati seama ca am exprimat asta intr-un fel mai putin pompos, de fapt* nu este un argument suficient pentru ca si persoanele rasiste pot afirma ca li se pare firesc ca oamenii sa fie discriminati pe baza acestui criteriu.

Si exemplele pot continua...

Prin urmare si asa deci, conchizand si tragand concluzia, imi este foarte greu sa imi explic propriile idei si ganduri si moduri de gandire. Este usor sa spun: consider ca ar trebui sa primim cu totii inghetata gratis, dar sa explic de ce cred asta e alta mancare de peste. *de fapt, argumentele pentru inghetata sunt destul de usor de gasit, dar...* Daca mi-ati da timp de gandire si ar trebui sa scriu ceva, proababil ca as reusi sa exprim tot acest amalgam mult mai bine, repede si clar, dar nu sunt sigura ca as ajunge neaparat la adevaratul motiv pentru care cred ceva. In general nici eu nu stiu motivul pentru care cred ceva, ci pur si simplu o fac asa ca atunci cand oamenii imi cer sa explic de ce cred ceva, imi ating practic limitele limbajului. Pentru ca nu exista suficiente cuvinte si combinari ale acestora pentru a exprima exact ceea ce gandesc.

Creierul meu nu functioneaza in cuvinte sau nu doar in cuvinte, ci mai degraba intr-o sinestezie asa ca limbajul are limitele lui aici in cazul meu.

Pentru voi ce inseamna limitele limbajului? Cand le atingeti, in ce situatii? Sau momentan nu ati ajuns intr-o asemenea incurcatura? *studiu de caz asupra psihologiei umane*

P.S. Daca ramaneti fara lecturi in timpul vacantei si vreti ceva altfel, incercati cartea lui Wittgenstein care nu vorbeste neaparat despre limitele limbajului.

"What we cannot speak about we must 
pass over in silence"  

joi, 18 iunie 2015 | By: ioana97

Even when you lie to me by Jessica Alcott

Fans of John Green's Looking for Alaska as well as Lauren Oliver and Sarah Dessen will embrace this provocative debut novel, an exploration of taboo love set against the backdrop of a suburban high school.Charlie, a senior, isn't looking forward to her last year of high school. Another year of living in the shadow of her best friend, Lila. Another year of hiding behind the covers of her favorite novels. Another year of navigating her tense relationship with her perfectionist mom.

But everything changes when she meets her new English teacher. Mr. Drummond is smart. Irreverent. Funny. Hot. Everyone loves him. And Charlie thinks he's the only one who gets her.

She also thinks she might not be the only one with a crush.

In this stunning debut, Jessica Alcott explores relationships-and their boundaries-in a way that is both searingly honest and sympathetic.

The book of speculation by Erika Swyler

A sweeping and captivating debut novel about a young librarian who is sent a mysterious old book, inscribed with his grandmother's name. What is the book's connection to his family?
Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home, a house perched on the edge of a cliff that is slowly crumbling into the sea. His parents are long dead, his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooks.
One day, Simon receives a mysterious book from an antiquarian bookseller; it has been sent to him because it is inscribed with the name Verona Bonn, Simon's grandmother. Simon must unlock the mysteries of the book, and decode his family history, before fate deals its next deadly hand. 

The Book of Speculation is Erika Swyler's gorgeous and moving debut, a wondrous novel about the power of books, family, and magic.

Erika Swyler, a graduate of New York University, is a writer and playwright whose work has appeared in literary journals and anthologies. Born and raised on Long Island's north shore, Erika learned to swim before she could walk, and happily spent all her money at traveling carnivals. She is also a baker and photographer and has a baking humor tumblr with a following of 60,000.

Erika lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and a petulant rabbit. The Book of Speculation is her first novel.
luni, 8 iunie 2015 | By: ioana97

Ink and bone

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.
Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.
When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

Rachel Caine is a pen name of Roxanne Longstreet Conrad.

She has also published as:
Roxanne Longstreet
Roxanne Conrad
Julie Fortune
Ian Hammell

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The library at Mount Char

Neil Gaiman meets Joe Hill in this astonishingly original, terrifying, and darkly funny contemporary fantasy. 

Carolyn's not so different from the other human beings around her. She's sure of it. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. She even remembers what clothes are for. 

After all, she was a normal American herself, once. 

That was a long time ago, of course—before the time she calls “adoption day,” when she and a dozen other children found themselves being raised by a man they learned to call Father.

Father could do strange things. He could call light from darkness. Sometimes he raised the dead. And when he was disobeyed, the consequences were terrible. 

In the years since Father took her in, Carolyn hasn't gotten out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father's ancient Pelapi customs. They've studied the books in his library and learned some of the secrets behind his equally ancient power. 

Sometimes, they've wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God. 

Now, Father is missing. And if God truly is dead, the only thing that matters is who will inherit his library—and with it, power over all of creation. 

As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her. 

But Carolyn can win. She's sure of it. What she doesn't realize is that her victory may come at an unacceptable price—because in becoming a God, she's forgotten a great deal about being human.

miercuri, 3 iunie 2015 | By: ioana97

The master magician

Throughout her studies, Ceony Twill has harbored a secret, one she’s kept from even her mentor, Emery Thane. She’s discovered how to practice forms of magic other than her own — an ability long thought impossible.
While all seems set for Ceony to complete her apprenticeship and pass her upcoming final magician’s exam, life quickly becomes complicated. To avoid favoritism, Emery sends her to another paper magician for testing, a Folder who despises Emery and cares even less for his apprentice. To make matters worse, a murderous criminal from Ceony’s past escapes imprisonment. Now she must track the power-hungry convict across England before he can take his revenge. With her life and loved ones hanging in the balance, Ceony must face a criminal who wields the one magic that she does not, and it may prove more powerful than all her skills combined

Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She graduated from BYU, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and hopes to one day own a dog. She currently lives with her family in Utah.

Every last word by Ireland Stones

If you could read my mind, you wouldn't be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off. 

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

TAMARA IRELAND STONE is the author of Time After Time and Time Between Us, which has been published in over twenty countries to widespread acclaim, and hailed as "an exciting debut novel" by Booklist and "a warm, time bending romance" by Publishers Weekly. It has been optioned for film by CBS Films.

Her newest novel, Every Last Word, is about a teen girl with OCD who's hiding part of herself from the world, until she discovers a secret poetry club that changes her in unexpected ways. Every Last Word is available now.

A former Silicon Valley marketing executive, Tamara enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two children. She lives just outside of San Francisco. For more information, visit her website at