14 Aug 2018

Garrard Conley -- Boy Erased

Būna knygų, kurias skaitant išsitrina riba tarp realybės ir fikcijos, ir nors supranti, kad tai, kas jose vyksta yra rašytojo fantazijos produktas, viskas atrodo neįtikėtinai tikra. Tačiau būna ir tokių, kuriose pasakojimais dalykais tiesiog negali patikėti, nors tai -- memuarai. Būtent tokia ir yra Gerrardo Conley'o knyga "Boy Erased" (Ištrintas berniukas), pasakojanti vieno jaunuolio istoriją. 


12 Aug 2018

Workation: Yes or No?

Summer vacation is an essential part of the warm season, at least that's what I think. Of course, you can escape winter's cold and autumn's gloominess in an exotic, warm country, but it's much more fun to be in sync with everybody else and enjoy what summer has to offer. This year I am spending my summer working on my PhD thesis, and with the deadline drawing near, I have no time to spare for a (much needed) rest and relax. Nevertheless, last week I managed to go to the seaside and tried to balance my work with relax (thus the term workation -- work + vacation). And this is the story of how it went.