Loungers' Monday...let's get started

I would like to start by sharing a book which I read 6-7 months ago but which has left a lasting impression on me: Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close". 

It's a bout an 8 year old Oskar :Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist and Stephen Hawkins' pen pal. He sets on a mission throughout New York to find a key found in the closet of his father who died in the attack of the Twin Towers. 

He is a little boy you sometimes want to smack, sometimes to hug but always to follow and encourage.

Its a book about loss, about growing up, about being a son and being a father...

It's overwhelming and heart grabbing. Each page is a new discovery 

I can only encourage you to read it.

Loungers' Monday...let's get started
03/17/2009 - 12:33
Thanks for this recommendation, My HL Monday will be for Mendjinsky
03/16/2009 - 12:15
Serge Borned in 1929. When I was at Gevena for the SIHH 2009 (before going for a Cultural Journey with Doc and Radek) I saw one of his work in a Gallery. So, I decided to look foward.  He started with painting and currently makes "collage" like these : "Miss Coke" "Walk don't Walk" Could you tell me if you had seen that type of work somewhere else ? Thanks
quite fascinating. One of his works was up for auction in Paris a
03/16/2009 - 15:08
few months ago but it was more chronomatic if I recall.
He uses black & white pictures for some works (nt)
03/16/2009 - 15:18
funky... I like it
03/16/2009 - 15:24
thanks for sharing
Wonderful Lin!
03/16/2009 - 15:51
I really would have you let me lead to see these amazing pices of art! A snap better the the Modern Museum Thanks for sharing! Doc
Next time, we will go the galery together (nt)
03/16/2009 - 16:08
03/16/2009 - 17:51
Hello, I first noticed and liked his works in Guy Pieters Gallery in Knokke le Zoute (Belgium) in 2004 then at Canon France showroom (who was my client at that time). His pieces of art, are printed through a professionnal Canon color laser copier connected to a EFI fiery connection (I used to work for EFI). You will find all information about him on his website : http://www.mendjisky.com/ All the best to my fellow loungers, Berny
Very nice Lin. Thanks for sharing!! (nt)
03/17/2009 - 05:11
I have read the book on your first recommendation, Alex...
03/16/2009 - 14:02
It is one of those books that leaves a tremendous impression forever. There are so many aspects to it that everyone will find something of interest in it for himself... As I said the book is multi-dimmensional but to me it was all about a father-son relationship. I could perfectly relate to little Oskar since I had lost my father when I was still in High School... My very own yearning to find out who my father really was is right there in between the pages... And to tell the truth, I didn't truly realize it until I read the novel... so it was a very personal discovery. One fact about the book that is also fascinating it uses very modern techniques of communication and adds a special something for the reader. Anyway, just grab the story and read it. It is definitely worth it!
Thanks Alex and Radek
03/16/2009 - 15:05

for the recommendation and the feedback, respectively.  I'll get it on Amazon today - and then I'll need to find the time to be able to read it.

+1 (nt)
03/16/2009 - 15:20
I will definately find and read this book. Happy Poniedzialek Radek.
03/16/2009 - 18:53
This Monday idea was a great one. Best to all, Tim
Hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. Happy Wtorek, Tim (nt)
03/17/2009 - 00:24
Thank you Sir, I am sure tomorrow will be wild as it is St. Patrick's
03/17/2009 - 00:57
Day and the fun starts at midnight! I think your language has some of the most colorful days of the week, others should share theirs too--how about Maanantai or Segunda-feira. Just trying to make this as International as possible. The first Lundi was fun! Best to all, Tim
Alex, shall follow upthat book!! nt
03/16/2009 - 15:45
Please, please read these books and you'll get a lot smarter!
03/16/2009 - 16:49

I have an antiquarian lady in England, who regularly use to tip me about good books,  which she knows I haven't read. Of some strange reason, she always have right, perhaps because I read to little, or probably that I buy books of a certain cathegory. I lhooked on history and biographies/memoirs. She sent me these three books. Picture of the last one's back and front, the other two looks about the same but different colours. Hardbacks. Please magnify the backsite and read the text, because it's about the two others, in the triloghy  This is the front  The first voulme I finished 4 of Junary 2009, the second the 7th and the third the 11th.  The third was as good as the others, but they have to be read in order. Together it's about 1400 pages. You read it like an adventure! Edited exactly on his notes, by his son Nigel, also an author and publisher. Nigel's son, Adam Nicolson, is also famous as a writer among his books, that also became a TV serie: But it's the diaries that are just amazing. You have never read anything like that. I have since then, bought 9 books,  by Harold Nicolson and 2 books by his son Nigel, among them, Nigel's own memoirs, 'Long Life', also strongly recommended. Anyway it's 'Harold Nicolson Diaries and Letters 1930-1962' edited by his son Nigel you shall read. Please do so   Doc

I particularly liked the movie...
03/16/2009 - 20:07
... Gran Torino from and with Master Clint Eastwood : go and see it ! ALL the best to my fellow loungers, Berny PS: BTW I would like to post from my iPhone with Safari ! Any technical solutions  or is it a naughty Microsoft Server ?
Hi Berny, thanks for the tip on the movie...
03/16/2009 - 21:45
I have the very same problem with posting using my Nokia Communicator. I guess you just have to wait for new software...
Hi Radek, I installed Opera Mini on my E90 Communicator...
03/17/2009 - 10:54
and can now post with it.  I switch back and forth between Nokia's browser and Opera Mini because I don't really like the idea of my browsing having to go through Opera's servers (definitely nothing with important passwords involved). BR, Dan
I tried that and couldn't get it to work :-( (nt)
03/17/2009 - 12:02
HL doesn't really like Safari...
03/16/2009 - 23:04
I remember asking Alex to try to fix it, and from what I remember I don't think the problem can be resolved. Can Firefox be downloaded unto your iPhone? If so, that would be the solution... Cheers,  Francois
nope Safari doesn't work and the poblem with iphone is you can't
03/17/2009 - 10:26
switch to Firefox
Re: nope Safari doesn't work and the poblem with iphone is you can't
03/17/2009 - 11:54
A downloadable (from the Apple iPhone App store) Vacheron & Constantin application with catalogue and other grat stuffs (history, vintage...) might be a nice (marketing) tool : for instance Ralph Lauren is showing new models on such an app fo iPhone ! regards, Bernard
Re: Re: nope Safari doesn't work and the poblem with iphone is you can't
03/17/2009 - 11:55
BTW you could downsize your personnalisable QDI software for points of sale on iPhone !
Since it is still Monday in California, how about a couple of travel
03/16/2009 - 23:40
pictures. One is from a very famous hotel in Chiang Mai Thailand, incredible to walk by this piece on the way to breakfast, really want to give it some time, the detail is incredible. The other picture is from an umbrella factory close by, something about the pink and the placement that makes it somehow other worldly. Enjoy. Tim
Wow, great pix, Tim! Thailand is full of incredible sights (nt)
03/17/2009 - 12:04
Umbrellas look like an "accumulation" from Arman (nt)
03/18/2009 - 22:34
Argghhh... too late :-)
03/17/2009 - 12:33
OK it's Tuesday now... well I'll have to wait for next Monday then. Just to say that I have read Jonathan Safran Foer's book and that I totally agree with Alex. READ IT!!! It is a beautiful, bright and very moving story. I'll share my readings with you next week