Thursday, December 13, 2012

Book of the Foreseeable Future: The Fountainhead

And it's time for another edition of Book of the Foreseeable Future. This book post of mine is an oldie but goodie, folks. 

I continuously read, but sometimes the books aren't worth recommending (re: 50 Shades of Grey), and I stand by my recommendations, so I'll only do it for a book that's really worth spending the 10+ reading hours with. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand is definitely worth it. Although it might be closer to 15+ hours. Not going to lie, the books is a pretty weighty. And I'm saying that in both meanings of the word. 

Hardly anymore do I feel like a book I read has expanded my mind (re: 50 Shades of Grey), but this one was like taking a study on art, architecture, personal motivations, philosophy, greed, financial success and true success. The characters and what drives them are thoroughly constructed and elucidated, that you feel like you're learning about yourself and what drives you. The book is a foil for a creative person's life. It gives you a backdrop to examine yourself in the scheme of the working world. I could go on and on. I highly recommend it. I've been recommending it to different friends of mine for the past few weeks now. Do yourself a favor, read the book. You'll be better for it.

A moment from it:

He added, "Don't worry. They're all against me. But I have one advantage: they don't know what they want. I do."

Lauren's Rating: 9.3 egos out of 10 skyscrapers

Monday, December 10, 2012

Cut To:

Hello, all. I apologize for the long absence. I think I just like to write here when I'm inspired, not necessary on a timed schedule. This leads to less posts, but ones that mean more to my heart, I think.

Lately, I've been surrounded by inspiring women. Women that have had sudden accellerations in their professions, women who choose to be brave in relationships, and women that live their lives for themselves and no other.

My career is acting, so whenever I see women who've pushed the boundaries, braved the odds, and succeed, I take it as an encouraging personal victory. Wide-Awake, directed by Tierney Gearon, features 13 outstanding actresses who have done just that this year in film. It presents beautiful costuming, sets, and dream-like moments. Each actress is given a cut-away of time. Anne Hathaway's is particularly stunning, so maybe save that one for last. Some of the other actresses include Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, Keira Knightly, and Rebel Wilson, among others.

Click here to watch Wide-Awake