What would Keith Richards do?

I’ve always liked quote books and this one is a bit of an oddity.

Not only is it quotes, but collected thoughts on philosophy and the path to enlightenment, daily affirmations, recipes and fashion advice from the collected interviews of The Human Riff himself, Keith Richards.

This Rolling Stone  has the words “I’m Innocent” inscribed on his guitar picks, and at first glance the book presents a weird and baffling mix. Yet if there’s one thing Keith Richards knows about it’s how not to die, so maybe he does have the good oil on immortality? In his words:

I’ve been closer to death a few more times than a lot of people. And I’ve found out that whatever it is, it’s worth waiting for.

Completely unauthorised by Keith Richards, it’s a fascinating dip into this rocker’s life with a been there, done everything kind of twist. Interestingly, the book also mentions the one thing ‘Keef’ swears he’ll never put in his body – cheese.

So what’s your favourite quirky quote or unusual affirmation? Answers on the back of a comment please…

Remarkable creatures

There is nothing quite like hearing an author read their work with passion to make you want to rush out, buy the book and read it for yourself. On the 8th September I did just that after listening to Tracy Chevalier read from her new novel Remarkable creatures. Tracy was in Christchurch as part of the “Women on Air Plains FM” author visits. The event was held in the impressive auditorium at Christchurch Girls’ High and attended by avid readers, history buffs, book clubbers and even a Kiwi fossil hunter. For me the fascination with Tracy’s books is the amount of historical detail that she seamlessly intertwines with equally fascinating stories based on real historical events and people. In Remarkable creatures, though a work of fiction, we learn of the work of two women, Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpott, who became fossil hunters and collectors in the English town of Lyme Regis. This was at a time when only men were debating the world’s creation and our origins and before the publication of Darwin’s  On the origin of the species.

I have read and loved two of her other novels – The girl with the pearl earring, which was made into a very successful film, and the Lady and the Unicorn. Both of these novels are based on two very famous works of art – Vermeer’s painting The girl with the pearl earring and the six Lady and the Unicorn tapestries that hang in the Museum of the Middle Ages in Paris