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On Connection: 'Powerful' MATT HAIG (Faber Social)

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Pero también una oda a nosotros, individuos sociales y en sociedad, como potenciales emisores dentro de nuestro entorno más próximo; y por tanto, el poder que poseemos para transformalo en un espacio más empático, más seguro, más placentero. Gelukkig vond ik vorige week een kersverse houvast: het boekje On connection van de Britse (slam) poet Kae Tempest.

Twee doorgaans zieke baby’s die elkaar ’s nachts aflossen om huilend de wacht te houden, hebben me bijna genekt. Home to William Golding, Sylvia Plath, Kazuo Ishiguro, Sally Rooney, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Max Porter, Ingrid Persaud, Anna Burns and Rachel Cusk, among many others, Faber is proud to publish some of the greatest novelists from the early twentieth century to today. Now, I know what seems obvious, the loneliness of Covid-times and the absence of Connection in times like these, etc - yes, that is relevant here, but the reason why I was so moved goes way deeper.Sommige hoofdstukken smaken naar 'De meeste mensen deugen' van Rutger Bregman en andere weer naar 'This is water' van David Foster Wallace. On Connection came to me when I needed it most, and reminded me that the links we have to places, people, words, ourselves, are what keep us alive. Be present, really listen - don't just wait until it's your turn to speak -, try to act out of genuine solidarity.

We bekijken de onbekende andere zo vaak als een obstakel dat vervelend nabij staat maar tegelijk te ver af blijft om echt te kunnen boeien -automatisch onvoldoende waardevol geacht om voor van je ik-pad af te wijken. With classics such as Ted Hughes's The Iron Man and award-winners including Emma Carroll's Letters from the Lighthouse, Faber Children's Books brings you the best in picture books, young reads and classics. But when it does come, it is wondrous: “I am granted access to a freedom so resolute it leaves me shining head to toe… Looking out at the crowd, I see reality at last. Musings on creativity and connection threaded with autobiographical edge and Jung and William Blake and others.Tempest talks about putting down our phones and paying attention to the world around us, the dangers of social media, the tragedy of placing monetary value above other types of value, numbness, avoidance - all interesting and relevant topics - but they present no new insights. Or felt frustrated at how live music and theatre are undermined and dismissed by a government that fails to recognise their immense value? Mettertijd brokkelde de steun die ik in mijn alledaagse leven kreeg van hulplijnen ‘India’ en ‘This is water’ af. Staggering talent Kae Tempest's first work of non-fiction: a meditation on the power of creative connection. The part where it just told me to put my phone down, be present in the moment and “pay attention to the details“ when I cross the road, feed the cat or cremate a parent?

Brand New Ancients", their self-performed epic poem to a live score, won the Ted Hughes Award 2012 and the Herald Angel at Edinburgh Fringe. Of zoals het adagium van mijn favoriete rapper Aesop Rock klinkt: Breathe in the problems, exhale solutions.

Ik vind namelijk niet per se dat iedereen nu dit boekje moét gaan lezen, daar staan mijn vijf sterren niet voor. About how immersing ourselves in creativity can help us cultivate greater self-awareness and bring us closer to each other. I had been ready to lose myself for days in a new set of Tempest tales and here was this tiny slip of a book, just 120-odd pages and really not that much bigger than my phone. Anyone who knows me, follows me on social media, or listens to me blathering away over on Picky Bastards , will know how I feel about Kae Tempest.

I did underline a few things here and there, and there were some sentences that I thought made for okayish aphorisms, so in total this is a 1. Kae Tempest es une escritore no binarie que explora a través del ensayo la posibilidad de preguntarnos sobre la conexión con otres a través del arte, específicamente de la música y la poesía. Nowhere does the author go into nearly enough depth to make you understand the supposed parallels between artistic creativity and human relationships that the book is all ABOUT, every subject is approached, a few things that would TOTALLY need explanation are being said, the subject is discarded and a new one is approached. Opnieuw stuurde ik met een interne stem (‘Dit is water’) een appél naar mezelf om bewust rond te kijken in plaats van enkel op hete kolen ter plaatse te trappelen.Kae raises some amazing points, there are some great moment of motivation, and there was nothing in the book I disagreed with. Dividido en las partes que se suceden durante el montaje de un espectáculo escénico, Tempest hace vibrar al lector igual que hace vibrar al público encima del escenario. This is a book of the sort „my publisher asked me to contribute to this line of essays although I don’t really know what to say. Connection”, verbinding, met elkaar is de centrale focus in dit dunne maar veelomvattende wijze boekje. Themenschwerpunkte sind gut ausgearbeitet, die mir keine neue Erkenntnis verschafft haben, denen ich dennoch gezwungen gern gelauscht habe.

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