Go the f**k to sleep

Have you ever suffered from sleep deprivation at the hands of your children?  In those long, dark helpless nights of torture, you feel like weeping, like pleading to your offspring for mercy. Or maybe just telling him to go the f**k to sleep.  Well, Adam Mansbach knows the feeling and has written a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where bedtime stories and white noise don’t always send children to dreamland.

 In Go the Fuck to Sleep Adam Mansbach  captures the familiar–and unspoken–tribulations of putting your little one down for the night. With verses like “The flowers doze low in the meadows, and high on the mountains so steep. My life is a failure, I’m a shitty-ass parent. Stop fucking with me, please, and sleep,” and adorably dreamy illustrations by Ricardo Cortés, the book opens up a conversation about parenting, granting us permission to admit our frustrations, and laugh at their absurdity.


“I wanted to sort of do a riff on these classic children’s books that are all like very dreamy, and gauzy and loving and have little animals and stuff, and I wanted to contrast that with the interior monologue of the parent putting the kid to sleep,” said Mansbach.

 The book has become a huge success, though. It was released in June with advance sales of over 100,00 copies and it’s already in its fifth print. Now, an audio narration by actor Samuel L. Jackson is bringing the rhymes to life, you can’t miss it:





Opening lines of ‘Catcher in the Rye’

Still not convinced about giving this novel a chance? Here are the opening lines:

“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”

J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger, author of  The Catcher in the Rye, passed away this week at the age of 91. 

Generations of students and teachers have been forever changed by this acclaimed novel, one of my favourites ever since I discovered it as a teenager. I was very proud of myself when I managed to read it in English the first time, and have often revisited it since, especially when I’m feeling a bit down in the dumps. The Catcher in the Rye, narrated by main character and hero Holden Caulfield, is the story of Holden’s life in the few days after being expelled from his Pennsylvania prep school. Holden, one of the most sympathetic and complex young characters of all time,  is an incredibly intelligent, sensitive young man on the verge of becoming an adult who has trouble functioning in the real world.  

The Catcher in the Rye has been translated to many languages and has sold more than 60 million copies worlwide 59 years after its publication in 1951. It has also been banned more times than you want to count by zealous parents and educators. Not that anybody’s surprised by this (because of the profanity, sex, alcohol abuse, prostitution – need I go on?), but interestingly enough, it’s also frequently used as part of high school English classes and it has become required reading in every English department in America.

There are also some curious facts connected to Salinger’s novel. Mark David Chapman, the man who shot John Lennon, was carrying a copy of The Catcher in the Rye when he was arrested. John Hinckley Jr., the guy who tried to kill US President Ronald Reagan in 1981, was also a Caulfield fan.

If you want to know a bit more about the life and other works of this very secretive author, here is a link to a good article by the BBC:


Introducing the Book

My dear friend Helen found this video. I thought I would post it here!

The Millenium Trilogy

I’m currently reading the first book of the Millenium Trilogy, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; so what’s the deal, you will think, this book was published more than a year ago… Yes, my dear reader, you are very right. Why the post? Two very good reasons. The first one, I’m enjoying it immensely and, even if I am the last person on Earth to have read it this late in time, I wanted to share my experience with the rest of the world. The second one, ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest’, the third novel in the ‘Millenium’ saga was published in English a few days ago.

I have had the first two books on my shelf for some time now, but I just refused to be influenced by the media hype around them. It was a little act of rebellion, but I hate to read what everybody else is reading. Don’t ask me why I bought them, though; sometimes I just can’t make sense of myself, and when it comes to books, I’m a bit of a compulsive buyer.

Even when a friend of mine at work – whose opinion I value highly – recommended ‘Millenium I’,  I did not give in, not yet. You could see everybody reading it, on the bus, on the train, or carrying one as if it was a treasured possession… But I would not surrender, I would not be one of them.

Then, the second part of the trilogy came out: The Girl Who Played With Fire. It became an instant success story, just like the first book, which was then being made into a film. So,  more Larsson everywhere, spreading like wildfire :-); on TV and cinemas, in bookshops and shopping centres, in magazines and newspapers. I was running out of stuff to read, and there they were, on my shelf, crying out to be read, but I was adamant.

Two weeks ago, though, while perusing my bookshelf desperate for something to read, I saw the red and blue spines (Millenium I and II),  and I succumbed. I have become a ‘common’ reader… after all, there is nothing wrong with that condition – unlike swine flu – and, even if I hate to admit it,  it has happened before.

So, I confess, I can’t wait to read the rest of the saga, but I won’t see the films… 🙂

Men and Dating

And you always thought that dating and relationships in general were difficult… You know, a ‘men are from Mars women are from Venus’ kind of thing. Apparently, you were wrong, but it’s never too late to mend your ways.  Alec Greven, America’s latest whiz kid, has written  ‘How to Talk to Girls’, the ultimate guide to relationships. In the book, young Greven tells us how to win the girl you want by sharing all kinds of tips, from how not to act desperate to how to comb your hair. So, what are you waiting for? if you are a boy – from eight to eighty – who needs help getting girls, this book has all the answers, he claims:

That was fun, wasn´t it? kind of cute. What I am going to show you next is… I don’t know, hilarious?, unbelievable?, scary? This is Alec Greven gone ‘pro’!

What men need to know about women

What men need to know about women


A Tough Day at Work

Having a bad day at work? Don’t despair, things could be much worse… Picture this: You are an officer of the law and you work in Emergency Services in a city in ‘small town’ America, where, according to Bill Bryson, people need to be reminded not to wash their pets in the washing machine or dry them in the microwave and even not to iron their shirts while wearing them!

Hard to believe? Follow the link below and check it out!