Poetry Reading: Utah Arts Festival 2018

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HELLO EVERYONE!

This is an announcement about an upcoming event.

I will be doing a Poetry Reading at the 2018 Utah Arts Festival

Scheduled for June 21st @ 2:30 p.m. at Big Mouth Stage

I will be reading some of my original poetry with a possibility of selling printed copies of selected poems after the reading.

This is a great opportunity and I am so grateful to the UAF, thank you thank you thank you!

-Alina

 

Currently Reading: Patti Smith, Hunter S. Thompson and Chuck Palahniuk

Hello!

I hope everyone is doing great! ~ I am at the tail end of my last semester and I have been reading like crazy. Last week was my spring break but unfortunately, I was sick the entire time. I spent a lot of time at home reading and started quite a few new books.

Here are my favorite books that I am currently reading.


 

Just Kids by Patti Smith

 

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Originally published in 2010, Patti Smith recounts her relationship and friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe

In the late 1960’s Smith journeyed to New York to pursue her career as an artist. She quickly met Mapplethorpe and the two started their long and intimate relationship.

So far, I am about halfway through the book and I absolutely love it. I am a huge admirer of Mapplethorpe and Smith and I have always wanted to read this book.

 

Stranger Than Fiction by Chuck Palahniuk

 

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This collection of non-fiction pieces were written by Chuck Palahniuk, the internationally known author of Fight Club. Chuck’s style and humor are at it’s best in these short essays which are centered around the unusual and perverse.

I love Chuck’s work, his style, voice, and choice of content. It is always refreshing to pick up a Palahniuk book, fiction or not, and be immersed in a world that bears all and doesn’t leave out the nasty details.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

 

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I was inspired to read some Thompson the week before spring break. I used to read a few stories of his every once in a while when I was 18 but haven’t really since (at the same time I was into Naked Lunch and the work of Irvine Welsh and Bret Easton Ellis). I decided to pick up this book and reacquaint myself with the drug addict and talented writer. It’s funny, scary, disgusting, and absolutely horrific~I love it.

 


 

Thank you for reading my work!

-Alina

What to Expect: Book Reviews and Reflections

I plan on writing up some reviews/reflections on a few of the following books this month. I have yet to choose which ones from this list of what I am currently reading.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

Democracy, Culture and the Voice of Poetry by Robert Pinsky

Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf

Satanic Feminism: Lucifer as the Liberator of Woman in Nineteenth-Century Culture by Per Faxneld

I am really leaning towards a reflection of Wuthering Heights for sure and a review of Democracy, Culture and the Voice of Poetry.

-Alina