Thursday, July 28, 2005

Sigmund Freud and The Goblog of Fire

In a far far away land, there was a boy called Sigmund. He was a convensional and insane boy. One day, he purchased an old magic book named “The Goblog of Fire” from an ancient shop. At the first time he read, he thought that it was only a futuristic book. It did not make sense to him.

As the time went by, he kept reading the book and, finally, got influenced. He started to practice some spells that the book had. He started to make an artificial flame from his fingertip by clicking his fingers. At first, he was shocked and speechless. But then, he made a bigger and bigger fire. He obsessed to be more powerful and praised. Until one day, he burnt himself because he could not control the fire anymore.

If only Sigmund realized from the first time that the book was a masterpiece of a wizard, he would have been wiser and lived.

Written by Anis, Maissy, and Me.
KELT, a few hours ago.
Well Sigmund, don’t judge a book by its cover! :p

Silly story but, somehow, I like it : )

Just finished reading “Da Vinci Code”.
Brilliant. Great conspiracy.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

A quote from Albert Camus

" I shall examine merely the theme of 'the Intention' made fashionable by Husserl and the phenomenologists. I have already alluded to it. Originally Husser's method negates the classic procedure of the reason. Let me repeat. Thinking is not unifying or making the appearance familiar under the guise of a great principle. Thinking is learning all over again how to see, directing one's consciousness, making of every image a privileged place. In other words, phenomenology declines to explain the world, it wants to be merely a description of actual experience. "

(Albert Camus - The Myth of Sisyphus, page 44)

This is one model of thinking. I think it is good to know many models of thinking. This one is in line with the "Show, Don't Tell!" principle...................

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Finding Neverland

Watching Finding Neverland is like having a soft, warm conversation about how imagination can change your life. Unfortunately, not "really" your life, but how you see your life. Sometimes, it is the only thing that matters.

It also tells you how close imagination and writing is. By implication, how close writing and life is. It is a pity that most people are not as close to their own life as they think they are. What about you?

Status Anxiety - Alain De Botton

I have just finished reading the book by Alain De Botton, who has written several books combining popular, daily problem with more philosophical touch. In a way this is a good example of writing exercise since it makes us think more deeply about our daily life. When written on pages, the daily, unobserved things will seem different and not-so-usual!

De Botton organizes the books into 5 causes and 5 solution of status anxiety, namely: lovelessness, snobbery, expectation, meritocracy and dependence as the five causes; philosophy, art, politics, christianity, and bohemia as the solutions. The book is full of anecdotes from many interesting sources. The combination of important and interesting sources into a meaningful, orderly written text is the strength of the book. Although I am not very very impressed with the solution he proposes, I still found many good ideas in it.

A quote from the book:
"However unpleasant anxieties about status may be, it is difficult to imagine a good life entirely free of them, for a fear that one might fail and disgrace oneself in the eyes of others is only a natural consequence of having ambitions, a preference for one set of outcomes over another and a respect for individuals besides oneself. Status anxiety is the price we pay for acknowledging a public difference between a successful and an unsuccessful life.

Yet, though our need for status may be fixed, we retain a choice of where to fulfill the need, we are free to ensure that our worries about being disgraced will arise principally in relation to a public whose methods or judgement we both understand and respect. Status anxiety could be defined as problematic only in so far as it is inspired by values that we follow because we are fearful and preternaturally obedient, because we have been anaesthetized into believing that they are natural, perhaps God-given, because those around us are in thrall to them or because we have grown too imaginatively timid to conceive of alternatives. "

See how I stress on the "imaginatively timid" phrase. Look around you, and you will find this a lot!

Tuesday, May 31, 2005


What is the meaning of “copy cat” ? In Indonesian dictionary, the meaning of “copy cat” is meniru, peniru.

There are a lot of questions in my head about this phrase. What kind of activity we do, in first step we have to be a copy cat, is that true? For example: when I was child, I copied every word that my mother said, I learned the way to walk like my mother does; To be come a good a sculptor, we try to make a sculpture like our teacher’s; And to be come a good writer, we try to make a paragraph like our teacher’s work.

If the answer is yes, how to make my own colour in my life? How to teach myself not to become a plagiarist or copy cat in the next step? How to teach myself not get angry to another person who copy my idea?

(I know my English is so bad, but I have tried to write my idea in this blog very hard)

Monday, May 30, 2005

The Orange Girl

I’ve just finished reading Jostein Gaarder’s – Gadis Jeruk (gadis = girl, jeruk = orange :) anyone who reads this blog may learn a couple of different languanges too :p)
A quite simple but interesting story, it gives me challenging questions. Maybe after this, I’ll try to read another of his work. Sophie’s World (er, I don’t know about this.. :p) or The Solitaire Mystery or The Ringmaster’s Daughter. Two of them, Sophie’s World and The Solitaire Mystery, have already been translated into Indonesian, I’m not sure about the last one. I’ll find it out, then :)

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Sirkusdirektørens datter - av Jostein Gårder

After reading Ratih's blog entry today, about the Orange Girl, I was inspired to dig into one of the boxes full of books of mine. That's right, it will be a problem when I go back to Indonesia! I remember that I got a book by Jostein Gårder, the author of Sophie's World, which was part of the welcoming package when I joined a book club. Yes, the package consisted of five hard-cover books for free! I chose several famous Norwegian writers, among them was Jostein Gårder. I was hoping that it was "Appelsinspiken" (The orange girl, appelsin = orange, en pike = a girl, piken = the girl).

But it was not! The book I have is "Sirkusdirektørens datter" - The Circus Director's Daughter. I read it righ away and covered 20 pages before writing this blog entry. Of course, as I told Yani to, I put this into my "Reading Log". I am so productive today! I read a lot of pages from a lot of books! It gets my brain going before I start writing and reading for my thesis.

Get back to the book, it is about, as obviously stated in the title, a daughter of a circus director. The story of this girl was made up or "invented" by the character "I", the protagonist of the novel when "I" was little. "I" told this story to her/his mom. "I" told me, the reader in the form of a reminiscene of his/her past by taking a story from a diary. So far, the interesting part was the process of creating the circus girl story, not to mention the way Gårder, tell us the reader about the layered story. A good lesson in writing technique for a wanna-be writer like you and me.

Is this book already translated to Indonesian?

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Writing is...

Writing is an act of hope.
To get ideas and to write well, you have to risk opening yourself.

Quoted by my bestfriend’s brother from Jack Heffron’s “The Writer’s Idea Book”

Hm, inspiring. Now, how about reading? What is reading? What do we actually do in reading someone else’s work, someone else’s… writing?
What is the real matter of reading books?
Quantity? How many pages we read in an hour? How many books we finish in a day?
or, Quality? Understanding the meaning of a book, the “sense” that book brings? No matter how many weeks we need to finish it?

Mm, it’s only a stupid question, maybe. A question need not to be answered. We need both, quantity and quality. Reading 5 books per day and get the feeling they bring at the same time, for example. There are so many books out there. I don’t need to read them all, though. But, finishing a book in weeks maybe will only be a… “such an awful waste of space” err… time, such an awful waste of time (^_^)v
Ok then, I’ll take this challenge. Even it’s still hard to do now, I’m trying it.
Trying to find a way to… “reading fast understanding vast” :p
Trying to find a new, different perspective everyday.
I’ll catch you up, both of you! : )

Inspired by: “The Syahrirs” : )