kaffoo reads

books + graphic design

They made love, like two people trying to say everything— past, future, now — in a single telegram.
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Thoreau’s Laundry explores human relationships through 12 diverse short stories. Ann Harleman (who teaches writing at RISD! woohoo) paints her complex characters with deftness and restraint. She asks us, What does it mean to be responsible for another person?
Once someone gets a little escape velocity going, ain’t no play in the world that will keep them from leaving.
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Drown by Junot Diaz is a family story wrapped in immigrant hardship and set in Dominican “Nueva York” as well as Santo Domingo in the DR. A tale of anger, fatherless-ness, and cynicism, with glimmers of hope and tenderness hidden within.
At the end of my dream, Eve put the apple back on the branch, the tree went back into the ground. It became a sapling, which became a seed.
God brought together the land and the water, the sky and the water, the water and the water, evening and morning, something and nothing.
He said, Let there be light.
And there was darkness.
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Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close features a 9-year-old protagonist, inventor & pacifist Oskar Schell, who is as original and surreal as Foer’s pyrotechnic way with words. After his father’s death in 9/11, imaginative Oskar sets on a journey throughout NYC to find meaning in a single artifact left behind by his father: a key. An incredible journey through the human experience and what it means to lose.
It baffled her, the world. She did not want to leave it yet.
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Pretty minimal. Trying to keep it that way.
Not sure if this suits the mood of Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, so I might try once more. The Pulitzer Prize winning novel details 13 loosely intertwined lives in a small seaside town in Maine. These threads orbit around Olive Kitteridge, the town’s school teacher who tries to make meaning out of life’s complexity and find it in her to persevere through pain and loneliness.
Will you remember that I existed, and that I stood next to you here like this?
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Embarking on a new project this summer, one that will get me to read more and design more! Every book I read will make its evolution to poster, though hope you’ll pardon the fact that some of these are just sketches. (Critique is always welcome!) The goal is to make a cohesive set. And each will feature a favorite quote.
This here’s a poster for Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood, a really moody, moving novel about youth, loss, eroticism, and the struggle to choose life over death.