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Summer reading: Xataka squad books to beat the heat.

By nr39r Jul8,2024

We are encouraged to lay down, relax, and read a lot throughout summer. Even if our vacation is short in time, we can always bring our books along.

‘What are we reading?’ is back with a new, condensed version of our monthly reading list: these are the books we’re actually reading at the moment, without any trickery. Literature of all eras, whether classic or contemporary, essays, fiction, or anything else including letters that allows us to temporarily escape from reality (holidays included or not included). Remember to keep a look out for this month’s special selection.

Despite what its subtitle “Living in the age of artistic capitalism” might imply, this article is more concerned with describing current economic conditions than censoring them. It explains how, ever since the advent of big department shops and other niche leisure and cultural businesses at the turn of the century, people of all income levels have been able to appreciate beauty. Cities, houses, and even our emotional lives have all been on a journey for aesthetic global conquest, hoping to fulfill our deepest needs. A substantial portion of a country’s gross domestic product (GDP) is guaranteed by a sensory experience that satisfies all levels of human existence. The advertising industry has already shown us the future. For all other matters, refer to Lipovetsky. The Luis Esther Trula

The story of Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter needed a more nuanced and comprehensive telling since it was a lengthy farce. This book by Kurt Wagner accomplished just that, and I’m far from finished with it. In it, he combines his own voice with that of the people involved, a sequence of events that make sense, several anecdotes that put the inner story in context, and interviews to create a well-rounded picture that follows a chronological pattern. It’s entertaining, and I think anybody curious about Silicon Valley, Musk, or the social scandals around that purchase would likewise appreciate it. Lacort Javier

The seven stories that make up the collection are all brief and easy to read. And it’s not only because Schweblin writes directly, without embellishments or tangents: she tackles reality in a terrifying way, blending dream and reality to the point where it’s hard to determine if what you’re experiencing is a nightmare or a very disturbing fact. She makes the most commonplace things—illness, bereavement, grieving, and old age—into sources of anxiety and distress. Those pervasive social anxieties that she has the ability to materialize into a real and present danger.

‘La aliento cavernaria‘ (Cavern Breathing) is one of the stories in the collection that exemplifies Samanta Schweblin’s skill as a writer. With every phrase, you can almost feel the character’s agony, suffocation, the way memories seem to be slipping away, and the isolation they’re feeling. I can’t help but think about him even as the days pass. ‘Pajaros en la boca y otros cuentos’ is a great place to start learning about this author, while ‘Distancia de rescate’ is a charming summer read. Luisa López

‘The Eternal Noise’ is where I first heard of Alex Ross. I find him with the similarly outstanding “Listen to This” just over three years later. Reading the thoughts and observations of “The New Yorker” music critic is like taking a deep breath for someone like me—first a music lover, then an audiophile—because there is always something new to learn. Even though I haven’t had the chance to read it yet, these precedents compelled me to purchase “Wagnerism” the moment it hit bookstores.

Allureously he begins with: “Art and politics in the shadow of music.” Anyone curious about the historical and contemporary influence of music on fields as diverse as politics, art, literature, cinema, and theater is likely to succumb to this method. The least a music lover can do is read Wagner’s music if it serves as a compass for this vast investigation, which it does. Either that or eat it whole. This is a warning to you. Carlos Juan López

The third installment of Brandon Sanderson’s “The Stormlight Archive” series, “Oathbringer,” is the longest and most intricate epic tale that he has written thus far. For whatever reason, Sanderson takes what feels like an eternity to set the stage for the action in his novels, and I’ve always found it difficult to get into them. You know I can be impatient when reading because I’m a journalist (I know, he ruined my career). Even though this has happened to me with multiple Sanderson novels, I’ve always been glad I persisted and finished reading them. Actually, every time I do them, I get frustrated with myself since it took me so long to do.

We will refrain from discussing Oathbringer in order to avoid spoilers, as it is the third book in The Stormlight Archive. The Way of Kings, the first book in the series, will instead be discussed. The length of The Way of Kings should be considered first and foremost. In other words, 1,195 pages of strange happenings involving diverse personalities are in store for you. The plot thickens as the monarch of Alekzar, a world powerhouse, is assassinated, paradoxically, during a peace summit. “You must find the most important words a man can speak.” The king writes this message in his blood and leaves it for his brother Dalinar before he passes away. In the wake of his brother’s tragic death, Dalinar reevaluates his own beliefs and way of life, as well as the book his brother had given him on the day before the tragedy. You may refer to it as The Way of Kings.

By nr39r

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