All posts tagged: English

The Book of Questions

Last week I bought a second-hand book that was sold by a couple of good friends who are on their way to minimalism. It is written by Gregory Stock, Ph.D, (according to Wikipedia) a biophysicist, best-selling author, biotech entrepreneur, and the former director of the Program on Medicine, Technology and Society at UCLA’s School of Medicine. The book is called ‘The Book of Questions’. It was initially published in 1987 and revised and updated in 2013. I didn’t expect much, but this book turned out very interesting. It consists of 291 random questions about human and technology, life and death, friends and family, moral and responsibility, endless dilemma and possibility.  And of course: no answer. They might be asked to everyone: partner, friends, parents, or children as small talks or iceberg breaking (you know, like ice breaking but deeper haha). However, I found out that the best person to be asked is myself because I thought that I was too old for surprising myself. I was wrong. As I went through each page, I realized that some …

When in Paris

“Paris was a universe whole and entire unto herself, hollowed and fashioned by history; so she seemed in this age of Napoleon III with her towering buildings, her massive cathedrals, her grand boulevards and ancient winding medieval streets–as vast and indestructible as nature itself. All was embraced by her, by her volatile and enchanted populace thronging the galleries, the theaters, the cafes, giving birth over and over to genius and sanctity, philosophy and war, frivolity and the finest art; so it seemed that if all the world outside her were to sink into darkness, what was fine, what was beautiful, what was essential might there still come to its finest flower. Even the majestic trees that graced and sheltered her streets were attuned to her–and the waters of the Seine, contained and beautiful as they wound through her heart; so that the earth on that spot, so shaped by blood and consciousness, had ceased to be the earth and had become Paris.” – Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire