About

The Girl

I’m a 22 y-o Sydneysider of Korean background. I write, I blog. I like tea, Pentax cameras, Russian literature, and travelling. I am inspired by Michael Ondaatje, Vikram Seth, Leo Tolstoy and Arundhati Roy, for the way they weave their words into beautiful things. I am fascinated by the life and works of Frida Kahlo, and admires Matisse and also the French Impressionists for their brilliant use of colour. I live for summers; the best season for indulging in gelatos and books. I wish I had the time to be working on some profound literary novel, but I’m currently slaving away on my Honours thesis at the University of New South Wales. Bloody thesis.

The Blog

tuesday in silhouette is a song by Korean artist Misty Blue. The lyrics sound a little ridiculous in English, but here’s a rough translation:

기쁨은 흩날리는 꽃잎처럼 가벼워
내게 던져진 단어처럼 또 네게
다가서기 위한 가벼운 미소는
잠시 놓아 둘께

Happiness is lighter than petals scattered in the wind
And like words thrown carelessly at me,
You cast a smile in my direction to draw me closer to you -
I’ll rest briefly in that airy smile of yours.

This blog was born in April of 2008, inspired by Alberto Manguel’s A Reading Diary. Being a lover of books, I wanted to leave my own literary footprint, and where better than in the cosmic chaos of cyberspace? This blog has gone through so many deaths since then, it wouldn’t have stood a chance even if it were a cat with nine lives. I’ve just killed it off again, and again, and again. (This ‘About’ page is the third or fourth one…) But I keep coming back. I’m not even sure why.  Perhaps, as Claire puts it, “we’re all stuck with one another because we’ll all never stop reading.”

8 thoughts on “About

  1. There’s a new book out ‘The Secret Life of Frida Kahlo’ complete with recipes, I have it to read so can’t comment on it yet, but seeing that you like her and also cooking, this sounds like the book for you. :)

    Love your reading list, all authors I have enjoyed, good luck with ‘The Museum of Innocence’, you will totally experience the obsession of the protagonist by the end as if it was your own!

    • Hello Claire :) the Frida Kahlo book sounds incredible! I’m halfway through Museum of Innocence, and I’m so sick of Kemal’s idiocy, but at the same time I’m mezmerised by Pamuk’s writing. It’s just absurd….!

      • I wanted to scream at him and would have been so mad if the ending hadn’t been so great, it felt like Pamuk was teaching us a lesson about obsession – he must have been obsessed himself, I mean he really created that museum for real, I’m going to Istanbul in May next year for the first time, I might just go there and scream then :)

        • Thank goodness the ending is great. I’m having trouble justifying the effort it’s taking to plough through the last half! It’s getting harder and harder to stay with Kemal when things seem so repetitive! Only Pamuk could get away with 200+ pages on ‘dinner at the Keskins’ night after night for years on end.

          (And I definitely see what critics mean when they refer to his narcissism – not only the fact that he collected those objects and made the museum, but that he places himself in his novels. A rather self-absorbed man, it seems!)

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