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Between Two Books: El club donde puedes hablar de literatura con Florence Welch

Between Two Books: El club donde puedes hablar de literatura con Florence Welch

Andrea Villegas 8 junio, 2018

Florence Welch es mundialmente conocida por ser la compositora principal y el alma de Florence and the Machine  también por formar parte del team de musas del diseñador italiano Alessandro Michele; pero pocos saben que más allá de estas cualidades, es una ferviente apasionada de la literatura y que a raíz de esto, dirige un club de lectura en Instagram con más de 100 mil seguidores llamado Between Two Books.

Apoyado por otras redes como Facebook y Twitter, este club de lectura nació en 2012 a raíz de la respuesta de una fan de 14 años a la foto de un tweet de la compositora posando en una librería en Portland, en la que vagamente le proponía comenzar un club de lectura curado con libros recomendados por ella. Para sorpresa de Leah Moloney – la adolescente que respondió el tweet-  a Florence le pareció muy buena idea y comenzó a desarrollarse este proyecto

Lo más cool de este club, es que los libros, los cuales se organizan para leer cada tres o cuatro semanas, son recomendados también por personajes como Nick Cave, The Maccabees, Patti Smith o Fiona Apple y los mismos seguidores.

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NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT! ⚡️📖📚✨ We are thrilled to announce that our next book has been selected by Nick Cave; writer, musician and one of Florence’s biggest influences!! @nickcaveofficial Nick has kindly chosen ‘Here I Am’, by Jonathan Safran Foer. He has said the following about his choice: “It is a dangerous business recommending a book, especially to a book club, especially a long book, but I fled through Jonathan Safran Foer's Here I Am and halfway through I was in tears and again a bit further on, more tears – as a father, as a son and as a husband. The last book that did this was Cormac McCarthy's The Road and in some way this book is not dissimilar – there is a family in crisis and there is an apocalypse – but The Road is all darkness with brief spasms of light, and although Here I Am is also a deeply melancholy book about a doomed family, it is wickedly funny, so that you are laughing too, as it all goes to hell. A book with an enormous and furious heart. I loved it. I hope you all enjoy it.” We are so grateful to Nick Cave for this recommendation, and hope that as many of you as possible join us in reading it. (Photo credit: imprinthouston.org)

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NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT 'Empathy isn't just something that happens to us – a meteor shower of synapses firing across the brain – it's also a choice we make: to pay attention, to extend ourselves' Leslie Jamison’s 'The Empathy Exams' takes its name from Jamison’s experience as a medical actor, where pretending to be a patient for medical school exams led her to think about how pain gets performed and understood. Empathy comes from the Greek Empatheia (from em- ‘in’ + pathos ‘feeling’). It originally described being able to feel into works of art, and now means being able to understand and feel the experiences of others. Jamison’s essay collection explores what it means to feel, how we communicate our pain and how we understand one another’s experiences. Jamison probes the uses and limits of empathy by looking through experiences of imprisonment, collective hysteria, and the gruelling trials athletes subject their bodies to. Selected by the editors of Between Two Books, Kate Litman and Leah Moloney [Content notes: mentions self harm and eating disorders]

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Cualquiera puede unirse a este book club y discutir sus impresiones en un grupo de Facebook con personas de todo el mundo y con Florence Welch, quien con esta comunidad le ha dado una vuelta de tuerca a las redes y al significado de la relación que existe entre un rockstar y sus seguidores.

-Andrea

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