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.
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.”