"I was given an ultimate edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy years ago by a dear friend who was aghast that I hadn't actually read it at that point. Eventually, I caught up and found out what all the fuss was about. With colorful characters getting into ridiculous situations in a star-spanning narrative over a six part 'trilogy,' what's not to love? These days, I find that a reliable gauge of how well I'll get along with someone is their affinity for the absurd, and things don't get much more absurd than The Hitchhiker's Guide."
Anjo Bolarda (@anjobolarda on instagram) calls himself a visual artist. Cutting his teeth as an illustrator and designer in the fashion sector, Anjo's unique mash up of Japanese pop culture and western street art has been making waves in the art scene regionally in a way that's allowed him to pursue art full-time. In a previous interview with Fully Booked, Anjo told us his favorite books. You'll be surprised to find that they're primarily motivational/business titles such as The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin and It’s Not How Good You Are But How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden!
But getting back to art, we asked Anjo to pick out a Nuuna notebook and he selected this great design with a Pablo Picasso quote on the front. Now that he's been using it a while, he told us that he found that the Nuuna's paper held different kids of ink and paint well, without bleeding through to the next page. That allowed him to work with materials such as gouache.
So check out Anjo's notebook in more detail below! And if you have time on August 27, 2014, you can visit his show at the new Vinyl on Vinyl.
"How did you start as a writer?"
"Harry Potter. I wrote fan fiction because I wanted to experiment with the characters I already love, but I wanted to see them in new situations. I don't have it anymore. I buried it."
"Like, you hid it it your computer?"
"No, I literally buried it! I wrote them in notebooks and I buried the notebooks in the ground."
There are a few new members of the Fully Booked family! Have you met them yet? :)
Do you remember your first encounter with Tintin? Was it from the comics when you were younger? Or from the cartoon that was on TV? Or from the Spielberg-directed film that came out a few years ago? Fans of the Belgian comic book hero can now enjoy a full space dedicated to his adventures. There are figurines, posters and artwork for collectors. For young ones who love to reminisce, there are stationery items, keychains, mugs, and t-shirts as well!
With Guardians of the Galaxy coming to Philippine theaters this Wednesday, we wanted to help set the stage for this rag-tag group of... heroes? What has us excited, why, and — most importantly — what can you read to complete your Guardians of the Galaxy experience.
Here are 5 Things to know about the film.
"Right now, I'm reading Matilda. Roald Dahl! I'm a little late to reading. I was not the kind of child who read a lot. For one reason or another, I just didn't. Now, I really love books and love reading. So I'm going back to all the children's books I think I missed out on. Catching up."
An allegory for the human journey of belonging, Divergent by Veronica Roth has resounded among young readers since its publication in 2011. And now, a mere three years later, its film incarnation attempts to do the same, taking the tale of a young woman's dangerous quest to find herself—and hopefully not get killed!—and debuting it for mass consumption on cinema screens worldwide.
As the opening sequence of Divergent unfolds, a sweeping aerial of the cityscape of a familiar Chicago immediately reveals a futuristic version of the Great Wall skirting it, and instantly uninitiates know that something is up. Welcome to a dystopian future. Get ready for some cheese ball acting.
But, gem #1. Acting is not cheese ball; it is surprisingy human, engaging. Shailene Woodley (The Spectacular Now, The Descendants) leads the cast as its hard-hitting heroine (cue the Hunger Games and J-Law comparisons) in a manner that puts an accessible face to a harsh reality.
It's finally time to take that much-deserved vacation! Summer is here! :)
To celebrate, we're giving away a few items that can accompany you on your trips: Fodor's luggage tags, and Lonely Planet's It's A Beautiful World postcards! To enter is simple: simply tweet your dream destination with the tag #fullybookedsummer. Please tweet at most three (3) times! :)
Deadline for entries is on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 12:00 nn. Winners will be chosen at random and informed on the same day.
Thanks for all the great feedback from last week's part 1 blog! Without further ado, here's part 2:
6. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
OK, OK, I know what you're thinking. 'More Murakami?!' But this second book in the selection is with good reason. It's the story Toru Okada, who recently joined the unemployed masses. With lots of time on his hands Toru embarks on a series of odd adventures that never would have happened if he was stuck in an office chair. It starts with the loss of his job and it just keeps getting worse. But as he deals with loss, he finds what he's looking for in something unexpected that fills the hole in his daily life.
"What's this game?"
"Lord of the Rings."
"This one's about the difficulty."
"Why card games?"
"What's your favorite card?"
"What's better, the book or the movie?"
"The action. You can see it visually. It's easier for most people."