Quote of the day: Stanisław Lem

We have no need of other worlds. We need mirrors. We don’t know what to do with other worlds. A single world, our own, suffices us; but we can’t accept it for what it is.

stanisław lem, Solaris

Nie potrzeba nam innych światów. Potrzeba nam luster. Nie wiemy, co począć z innymi światami. Wystarczy ten jeden, a już się nim dławimy.

Stanisław Lem, solaris

Happy Easter

“Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!”

Man of La mancha, 1972


When Milan Kundera commented on the novel, he said that it teaches us to see the world as a question (Philip Roth, Shop Talk, p.100). For Don Quixote, the world unfolded like a mystery. And I think that’s what I like to somehow preserve and wish for as well.

Happy Easter. Full of the joy of the new, the freshly born or about to bloom and the joy of discovery, the joy of asking questions and not always seeing things as they are but what they could be. The joy of hope. The joy of dreams. A sense of wonder.

Amazing list of Vietnamese books

I’ve been on the lookout for more Vietnamese books since reading The Mountains sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai (highly recommended) and here’s a great list so graciously and laboriously complied by Simon Haisell, footnotes.and.tangents on Instagram. Never run out of books to read and vary them too! Reposted with permission.

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