Bound Up, with Rachel Haskins

A celebration of the anachronistic tradition of erudition

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

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Rachel Haskins

Rachel Haskins

Occupation:: "I collect data for important shit and I hang out with a stunning boy who happens to have autism."

Hobbies: : "I'm mom to an 8 year old pekingese, I read and write, I cook, I like good people, and I roll around on the floor with my niece and nephew."

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Currently reading: "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor E. Frankl
“It's amazing. Viktor, the good sir, is a holocaust survivor. It doesn't focus on his personal accounts of what all happened in the concentration camps—there are plenty of documentations of the atrocities—but how he survived it. The gist is that we cannot avoid suffering in life, but we can choose how to cope with it and perceive it. Basically, our attitude can make or break us. It's more of a psychology book, and I find myself underlining all over the place, starring passages to revisit. It's a very short book, but full of things that are good for your soul, and important to remember in life. And now I'm babbling.”

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Book everyone should read: "The Best of Roald Dahl" by Roald Dahl

“In my heart, I want everyone to experience 'The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.' It's a book that took me, literally, years to read. I would read a section, put it down, and consciously work for a period of time to implement it into my life. Then I'd return after a bit to soak up more. It's a truly life-changing book—such a peaceful message and astoundingly beautiful outlook on what's important this time around the block. Realistically? People should know more about Roald Dahl. Yeah, he writes great children's books, but he writes some f*cking amazing short stories as well. What a twisted, entertaining man—one of my all time favorites. For a solid story you should read 'My Uncle Oswald.' For the short story lover, and to be constantly stimulated by Dahl and his great perversions, read 'The Best of Roald Dahl.' It's a show stopper. Repeatedly.”