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Thoughts on death, books and boredom at home. How to give your quarantine shape to the unforeseeable future? What books to read, a podcast to listen and movies to watch to ease your mind?

The following is something like a reaction or thoughts related to the current bizarre and unsettling situation… Living in Barcelona, my family and I started the quarantine last Saturday. Today is day five and it´s been really hard. After giving a bunch of friends and family a number of phone calls and video calls, leaving longer than usual voice messages, watching movies, youtube family Yoga meditating (try to do it with your 16 months old) I never had time for, looking for podcasts I should listen to, there seemed to be only one thing left and that meant finding the story that should make you all feel alive.

Do you remember the opening scene of the Royal Tenenbaums?  From the beginning, we are all aware of the eccentric nature of the Tenenbaum family. A whimsical and light-hearted tone is set, as the first scene shows that the story is, in fact, a novel of sorts. The first image is a snapshot of the prologue chapter as the narrator begins to “read” the story. Seeing Margot reading reminded me of being a kid myself. I remember the excitement it caused when finding a good book to read and it felt comfortable to isolate and set on a journey with my imaginary characters. Later as a student of  Literature, I thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of reading books I never had access or clue about. Then once becoming an adult and diving into the world of work, travel, romance, parties and whatever is there that life throws at you, shamefully I ended up becoming a person half-reading or skipping favourite books.

And here I am at the return of the days when I´m desperate to pause for a  good book, movie or podcast to listen. Well, maybe because I normally lack the time or the reality might be just too cynical to let me find a good enough book that transports me somewhere else, it really took some time before the bloody quarantine entered our lives, to sit down and just read, watch or listen.

Looking at my own bookshelf I´ve realised I´m a proud owner of many good titles, I´m ready to share with you to get us through this unforeseeable future. These include:

Aciman Andre, Call me by your Name

Albert Camus, The Fall

Andre Breton, Nadja

Bruno Munari, Como nacen los objectos ?

Cutler and Leatrice Eiseman,  Pantone of Fashion, A century of Colour in Design,

Ernest Hemingway, A moveable feast

Eugene Ionesco, Fragments of Journal

Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis

Gabriel Garzia Marquez,  One Hundred Years of Solitude,

Gaston, Psychoanalysis of Fire

Herman Melville, Moby Dick

J. G Ballard, High Rise

John Berger, Ways of Seeing

John Williams, The Stoner

Marina Abramovic, Walk Through the Walls

Mark Twain, Huckleberry Thin

Markus Aurelius, Meditation

Michel Houellebecq, The map and the territory

Mikhail Bulgakov, Master and Margarita,

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Murakami, After Dark

Nikolai Gogol, Nose

Olga Tokarczuk, Flights

Roland Barthes, Mythologies

Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

Susan Sontag, On Photography

Walden, Cabin in the woods, Thoreau

William Wharton, Birdy

Witold Gombrowicz, Ferdydurke

Witold Rybczynski, Home

Here are some arty movies:

Almodovar Pedro, La Mala Educacion

Ari Aster , Midsommar

Bergman Ingmar, Fanny and Alexander

Bertolucci Bernardo, The Dreamers

François Ozon, Swimming Pool

John Waters, Pink Flamingos

Luca Guadagnino, Call me by your name

Noah Baumbach, Francis Ha, Mayerovitz Stories

Quantine Tarantino, Castaway

Sam Taylor Wood, Nowhere Boy

Sophia Coppola, The Bling Ring

Yorgos Lanthimos, Dogtooth

And podcasts:

Armchair expert

Business of Fashion


Deliciously Ella


Hang Kang

Mind of State

My dad wrote a porno

Ted Talks

This is actually happening

Under the Skin, Russel Brand


Wtf Marc Maron

What are yours? Send us some suggestions and we will create a list you´ll be able to view later on in this link.

Stay safe

Read at home