Books, art and plates

May 17, 2009

Oops again!! OK, I’ve been working.. these past few months have been more fun, but harder work, sortof.

And aside from work I’ve been…reading: The Moon and Sixpence and Of Human Bondage (Somerset Maugham), Travels with my Aunt (Graham Greene), Tender is the Night (F Scott Fitzgerald), La Den Rette Komme Inn (John Ajvide Lindqvist) aaand The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami, I’m reading this one now).

I read Lindqvist’s book in Norwegian..I didn’t want to read it in English but I think reading it in Swedish would have been a little difficult. It’s very good but very horrible. Reading it made me feel like I could smell dried blood or something. I was really hooked, I couldn’t stop reading but at the same time I didn’t want to. I felt like it was poisoning my surroundings. Reading it on the train, with the sun shining around me I felt like it was blocking out all the nice things in the world and when it was over I was grateful! I still haven’t seen the film so..I’ll coment on that when I’ve seen it. Pathetic as it is I’m almost happy to hear they’ve cut some things out as I’m not sure I could deal with seeing all the things described in the book on a screen!

Oddly I finished The Moon and Sixpence right before seeing the Gaugin exhibit in Nagoya. I never realised the book even had anything to do with Gaugin hahaha. The exhibit was…a little disappointing really. I’m no big fan of Gaugin anyway and Japanese galleries…are weird ! Everyone shuffles around in a queue, listening to the exhibit guide on their headphones and, in general, noone tries to break out of the formation. Then the exhibit will have it’s big ‘showpiece’, in this case Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? It was displayed in a dark room, with a viewing platform..and you can’t help but feel you’re staring at some huge stuffed animal, a dead thing. You’re meant to stand there and go ‘wow, amazing’ , because the positioning says ‘wow, amazing’, not the painting. You aren’t given a chance to think about what the painting could mean unless you can divorce it from this cynical set up.

Any-way..I sort of had more fun laughing at some of the rather hideous chinaware in the permanent gallery! The prints of the chinaware were really beautiful but the items themselves, especially the  table pieces just made me want to smash them all up!

Must go and make coffee now..I’v also just downloaded Camera Obscura’s and Grizzly Bear’s new albums so I’ll write about them later.