Sunday, April 5

What is BTS RM Reading? RM Reading List, Bookshelf 2020

BTS RM recently posted a picture of his bookshelf on Weverse. Apparently Namjoon has been organising his books on the shelf. Some Armys have shared a list of some of the books in RM's photo. Most of them are Korean novels, essay and cultural books. Here's a few book titles found on Namjoon's bookshelf. 

The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham

"Witty, compelling." — The Boston Globe. Gripped by an overwhelming obsession, Charles Strickland, a conventional London stockbroker, decides in midlife to desert his wife, family, business, and civilization for his art. One of Maugham's most popular works, The Moon and Sixpence is a riveting story about an uncompromising and self-destructive man who forsakes wealth and comfort to pursue the life of a painter. Drifting from Paris to Marseilles, Strickland eventually settles in Tahiti, takes a mistress, and in spite of poverty and a long, terminal illness, produces his most passionate and mysterious works of art.
Loosely based on the life of Paul Gauguin, Maugham's timeless masterpiece is storytelling at its best — an insightful work focusing on artistic fixation that propels the artist beyond the commonplace into the selfish realm of genius.

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The murder of brutal landowner Fyodor Karamazov changes the lives of his sons irrevocably; Mitya, the sensualist, whose bitter rivalry with his father immediately places him under suspicion for parricide; Ivan, the intellectual, whose mental tortures drive him to breakdown; the spiritual Alyosha, who tries to heal the family’s rifts; and the shadowy figure of their bastard half-brother Smerdyakov. As the ensuing investigation and trial reveal the true identity of the murderer, Dostoyevsky’s dark masterwork evokes a world where the lines between innocence and corruption, good and evil blur, and everyone’s faith in humanity is tested.

The Story of Art by E.H. Gombrich

Renowned not only as the best concise introduction to art history, but also as a classic of art historical literature, this book reflects the vast knowledge, insights, and expertise of one of this century's greatest art historians and thinkers. Extensively illustrated, it treats the history of art -- both chronologically and geographically -- as a continuous unfolding story. Offers a vivid, enthusiastic, and interpretive narrative" written in direct, straightforward language -- with technical terms always explained when they are introduced. KEY TOPICS: " Focuses on the most significant works of Western art. Considers each work of art in its context: shows how art reflects the historical setting, the artist's intentions, and the values of that civilization, and how each artist built upon, or sometimes reacted against, the style of his/her predecessors. Contains chronological charts, maps, "and notes on art books. Illustrates all works that are discussed. Features a new design--with each illustration appearing on the same spread as the narrative that discusses it.
Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan

Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space. Featuring a new Introduction by Sagan’s collaborator, Ann Druyan, full color illustrations, and a new Foreword by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science.

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray

Once upon a time Martians and Venusians met, fell in love, and had happy relationships together because they respected and accepted their differences. Then they came to Earth and amnesia set in: they forgot they were from different planets.

Based on years of successful counseling of couples and individuals, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus has helped millions of couples transform their relationships. Now viewed as a modern classic, this phenomenal book has helped men and women realize how different they really are and how to communicate their needs in such a way that conflict doesn't arise and intimacy is given every chance to grow!!!!

A Little History of the World by Ernst Gombrich

In 1935, with a doctorate in art history and no prospect of a job, the 26-year-old Ernst Gombrich was invited by a publishing acquaintance to attempt a history of the world for younger readers. Amazingly, he completed the task in an intense six weeks, and Eine kurze Weltgeschichte für junge Leser was published in Vienna to immediate success, and is now available in seventeen languages across the world. Toward the end of his long life, Gombrich embarked upon a revision and, at last, an English translation. A Little History of the World presents his lively and involving history to English-language readers for the first time. Superbly designed and freshly illustrated, this is a book to be savored and collected. In forty concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colorful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science. This is a text dominated not by dates and facts, but by the sweep of mankind's experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements and an acute witness to its frailties. The product of a generous and humane sensibility, this timeless account makes intelligible the full span of human history. 

Francis Bacon: Books &Painting by Catherine Howe

Published to accompany a major Francis Bacon retrospective in Paris, which will travel to the Fine Arts Museum, Houston, Francis Bacon analyzes Bacon’s works from 1971 onward in light of his relationship to literature. Bacon always vigorously opposed overanalysis of his paintings, preferring to interpret them in purely illustrative or symbolic terms; he admitted, however, that literature was a powerful stimulus to his imagination. The artist was inspired by the images conjured up by certain texts: Aeschylus’s phrase “the reek of human blood smiles out at me” particularly haunted Bacon, while his 1978 work Painting refers to T. S. Eliot’s seminal poem The Waste Land. An inventory of Bacon’s personal library has identified more than 1,300 books, ranging from Georges Bataille and Joseph Conrad to Friedrich Nietzsche and Michel Leiris.

Including twelve of Bacon’s renowned triptychs, this lavish publication features eleven gatefolds and some sixty paintings created by Bacon between 1971 and his death in 1992. Reproduced here with analyses of Bacon’s paintings in the light of some of his most admired authors, these specially commissioned texts reveal new ways of understanding some of the most powerful works in the modern canon.

The American Century: Art & Culture by Barbara Haskell

The American Century is the subject of a year-long exhibition at the Whitney Museum — the most comprehensive display of twentieth-century American art ever assembled, incorporating a wide range of masterpieces from all sections of the country, by both familiar and lesser-known artists. This volume, covering the first half of the century, is a history of American art as well as a permanent record of the Whitney show. Here fine arts achievements are seen as part of the larger culture that helped shape them — the art forms of film, dance, music, literature, photography, decorative arts, architecture, fashion, and industrial design. All are described and set in the context of political and social currents of the era in Barbara Haskell's rich and informative text. Essays by noted experts in many fields illuminate developments in different areas of artistic endeavor while over 750 full-color and duotone illustrations give visual testimony to America's dominant role in the arts.

Guns, Germs, & Steel by Jared Diamond

"Diamond has written a book of remarkable scope ... one of the most important and readable works on the human past published in recent years."

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a national bestseller: the global account of the rise of civilization that is also a stunning refutation of ideas of human development based on race.

In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed writing, technology, government, and organized religion—as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war—and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history.

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

"The Metamorphosis" (original German title: "Die Verwandlung") is a short novel by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. It is often cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is widely studied in colleges and universities across the western world. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into an insect.

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari 

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari - Book Summary Dr. Yuval Harari received his PhD in History from the University of Oxford, specializing in world history. His book Sapiens has become a huge bestseller, translated into more than 20 languages. Harari brings us a detailed life of the humans before us, the Homo Sapiens, and provides us with a look of how the world came to be as it is now. He gives us his view, backed-up with actual facts found through research, of how our ancestors managed to survive while others did not and makes us think of how things would be if things had gone different. With thrilling stories and photos, he gives us a world that many of us never think about, and should. 

The Zhuangzi by Zhuang Zhou (莊子)

The Zhuangzi is an ancient Chinese work from the late Warring States period (3rd century BC) which contains stories and anecdotes that exemplify the carefree nature of the ideal Daoist sage. Though primarily known as a philosophical work, the Zhuangzi is regarded as one of the greatest works in all of Chinese history, and has been called "the most important pre-Qin text for the study of Chinese literature." A masterpiece of both philosophical and literary skill, it has significantly influenced writers for more than 2000 years from the Han dynasty to the present.

Wonder Boy by Yeonsu Kim 

WONDER BOY by Kim Yeon Su, the grand prix winner of the most prestigious Yisang Literature Award (2009) with his Five Pleasures of Strollers. 15 year old Jeong Hun had an car accident on the way home with his father. When he wakes up he possesses a special ability of reading peoples' mind... In Korean. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.

Le Corbusier & Pierre Jeanneret by Jacques Dworczak 

Upon India s independence, Jawaharlal Nehru, the nation s first Prime Minister, dreamed of a new town, symbolic of the freedom of India .... an expression of the nation s faith in the future. Chandigarh, meaning fortress of Chandi, the Indian goddess of power, is the incarnation of Nehru s vision. The construction of this municipality, the brainchild of renowned modernist architect Le Corbusier, born of his utopian dream of an avant-garde city, symbolized the determination of India to move forward into the contemporary world. Instead of a vertical city, Chandigarh was organized as a horizontal grid with broad avenues, residential neighborhoods, green spaces, medical facilities, schools, temples, shops, sports grounds, and an artificial lake. Le Corbusier designed most of the infrastructure, highlighting large volumes through a bold use of raw concrete. Adapting his architectural plans to the regional climate, Le Corbusier provided protection against the sun and the monsoon rains while facilitating air circulation with vented shutters and large terraces. In close collaboration with his illustrious cousin, Pierre Jeanneret supervised the manufacture of numerous articles of furniture for public and private buildings, using wood from the forest-clearing necessitated by the vast undertaking. Recently, record prices achieved at auction for these pieces have brought awareness of this great project and its creators to a broader public. Today, Indian leaders have become aware of the wealth of this great cultural heritage, and since January 2011 no furniture pieces can exit the country without permission of the authorities and the Ministry of Culture. This specialized catalogue raisonné sheds new light on this visionary urban project that is generating growing interest among design aficionados around the world.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche

Invasion Los Angeles by Invader 

Wipe Out in Hong Kong by Invader



Wednesday, April 1

What is BTS Watching? 23 BTS Movie Recommendations | Quarantine 2020

Bored and no clue what to watch? No worries, BTS has got your back! Here's a list of Movies recommended or mentioned by BTS. There is no particular order to this list, I've just kept on adding movies as I found them. I will leave down which BTS member recommended which movie and all the sources. Happy watching!

Your Name
Recommended by Jungkook. During a Korean variety show (New Yang Nam Show) Jungkook was asked a question.

Q. The method to marry with Jungkook? (rough eng trans)
A. When you cross his mind, a bell must ring.
JK: Recently, I saw an animated movie. 
MC: Ah! 'Your Name'
[The main characters were able to sense each other through a bell]
JK: I wrote that meeting such a person could exist.

Film synopsis: Two teenagers share a profound, magical connection upon discovering they are swapping bodies. But things become even more complicated when the boy and girl decide to meet in person.

About Time 
Recommended by Taehyung (V). Tae mentions About Time as a 'British Movie' that he was inspired by when he made his song Winter Bear. Tae says he was especially impressed by the 'proposal scene' in the movie. Rachel McAdams (the actress in the movie) is also one of Tae's favourite actresses.

Film synopsis: When Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) is 21, his father (Bill Nighy) tells him a secret: The men in their family can travel through time. Although he can't change history, Tim resolves to improve his life by getting a girlfriend. He meets Mary (Rachel McAdams), falls in love and finally wins her heart via time-travel and a little cunning. However, as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds that his special ability can't shield him and those he loves from the problems of ordinary life.

Eternal Sunshine 
Recommended by Namjoon (RM). This is Namjoon's All Time Favourite Movie from an interview (source).

Film synopsis: After a painful breakup, Clementine (Kate Winslet) undergoes a procedure to erase memories of her former boyfriend Joel (Jim Carrey) from her mind. When Joel discovers that Clementine is going to extremes to forget their relationship, he undergoes the same procedure and slowly begins to forget the woman that he loved. Directed by former music video director Michel Gondry, the visually arresting film explores the intricacy of relationships and the pain of loss.

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day – The Movie
Recommended by Jungkook. He mentioned his favorite anime in The Japan News: [JUNG KOOK says he likes ‘Howl’s moving Castle’ and ‘Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day'] (source)

Film synopsis: Friends grow apart after a tragic accident claims one of their number. Years later, the dead girl appears to them to ask for their help in crossing over to the afterlife.

Recommended by Yoongi (SUGA). This is Yooingi's All Time Favourite Movie from an interview (source). Jimin also says that he thinks he saw "Inception" like 5 times. (source at 09:51)

Film synopsis: Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a thief with the rare ability to enter people's dreams and steal their secrets from their subconscious. His skill has made him a hot commodity in the world of corporate espionage but has also cost him everything he loves. Cobb gets a chance at redemption when he is offered a seemingly impossible task: Plant an idea in someone's mind. If he succeeds, it will be the perfect crime, but a dangerous enemy anticipates Cobb's every move.

Big Hero 6
Recommended by Seokjin (JIN). Seokjin says that "Big Hero 6" is the movie that represents him because the character’s shoulders resemble his own. (source)

Film synopsis: Robotics prodigy Hiro (Ryan Potter) lives in the city of San Fransokyo. Next to his older brother, Tadashi, Hiro's closest companion is Baymax (Scott Adsit), a robot whose sole purpose is to take care of people. When a devastating turn of events throws Hiro into the middle of a dangerous plot, he transforms Baymax and his other friends, Go Go Tamago (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and Fred (T.J. Miller) into a band of high-tech heroes.

Inside Out
Recommended by Hoseok (Jhope). “Inside Out” is the movie that describes him. From BTS Festa 2017 (source)

Film synopsis: Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley's emotions -- led by Joy (Amy Poehler) -- try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness (Phyllis Smith) to the forefront. When Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley's mind, the only emotions left in Headquarters are Anger, Fear and Disgust.

The Notebook 
Recommended by Jimin. Jimin told teen magazine J-14 that his favorite movie is The Notebook.(source). Jimin also mentioned it on his recent Vlive saying that he's watched "The Notebook" the most. (source at 09:02)

Film synopsis: In 1940s South Carolina, mill worker Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and rich girl Allie (Rachel McAdams) are desperately in love. But her parents don't approve. When Noah goes off to serve in World War II, it seems to mark the end of their love affair. In the interim, Allie becomes involved with another man (James Marsden). But when Noah returns to their small town years later, on the cusp of Allie's marriage, it soon becomes clear that their romance is anything but over.

Recommended by Jimin. Jimin mentioned Parasite on his Vlive saying that it was fun and shocking. (source at 04:33)

JM: "Parasite" is fun. It was shocking.

Film synopsis: Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.

Recommended by Hoseok (Jhope). This is Hoseok's All Time Favourite Movie from an interview (source).

Film synopsis: Jin-tae (Dong-Kun Jang) has always looked out for his little brother, Jin-seok (Won Bin), even shining shoes to raise funds for his college education. When the Korean War flares up and both brothers are drafted, Jin-tae decides he has to protect his younger sibling. Jin-tae makes a bargain with his commander: He'll take the riskiest missions if it will help shield Jin-seok from battle. In time, Jin-tae becomes a war hero -- with a growing blood lust that shocks his younger brother.

La La Land
Recommended by Jimin. Jimin mentioned La La Land on his Vlive saying that he's watched it. (source at 04:58)

Film synopsis: Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

Born To Be Blue
Recommended by Taehyung (V). The movie that represents him is “Born to Be Blue". From BTS Festa 2017 (source)

Film synopsis: In the late 1960s, jazz trumpeter Chet Baker (Ethan Hawke) begins a romance with an actress (Carmen Ejogo) while trying to stage a musical comeback.

Recommended by Jimin. Jimin said that he has watched Start-Up on his recent Vlive. (source at 06:47)

Film synopsis: Going against what his mother wants, Taek-Il drops out of high school. He spends his days hanging out with his friend Sang-Pil (Jung Hae-In). One day, Taek-Il suddenly leaves home and goes to Gunsan, North Jeolla Province. He gets a delivery job at a Chinese restaurant.

Secretly Greatly
Recommended by Jimin. Jimin said that he has watched Secretly Greatly on his recent Vlive. (source at 09:24)

Film synopsis: Three elite North Korean sleeper agents live under cover for so long that they believe their cover stories are their real identities. They are shocked when they are ordered to kill one another or face death at the hands of an elite hit team.

3 Idiots
Recommended by Jimin. Jimin said that he has watched 3 Idiots on his recent Vlive. (source at 09:25)

Film synopsis: In college, Farhan and Raju form a great bond with Rancho due to his positive and refreshing outlook to life. Years later, a bet gives them a chance to look for their long-lost friend whose existence seems rather elusive.

Tazza: One-Eyed Jacks
Recommended by Yoongi (SUGA). Yoongi mentions this movie on their Billboard Interview. (source)

Q: "What is SUGA's favorite movie?"
Suga: "All time number one... yeah I have all time number one... this is... Tazza"

Jimin mentioned this movie as well, on an interview: 150430 The Star Profile Magazine. (source)

JM: "I don't remember much, but I like action movies such as Tazza."

Film synopsis: A young poker player at the top of his game joins a team led by the legendary poker player One-Eyed Jack. While successfully working on a plan to win a huge jackpot, a single mistake puts the entire team in a life-or-death situation.

Me Before You
Recommended by Jimin. Jimin said that after seeing Me Before You a lot of my values were broken down. A lot... People said it was a fun movie. (source at 09:29)

Film synopsis: Young and quirky Louisa "Lou" Clark (Emilia Clarke) moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier. Will's cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined.

If Only
Recommended by Taehyung (V). Tae mentions "If Only" (Taiwan 2011) on an interview: 150430 The Star Profile Magazine. (source) Hoseok mentioned this as well, so I have a feeling that he watched this movie with Tae. (source)

Film synopsis: If you had one day more with the girl of your dreams, what would you do? That's the problem faced by Ian, who loses beautiful violinist Samantha in a car crash, then wakes up to find he has another shot.

Beauty Inside
Recommended by Jimin. "Of course I saw Beauty Inside" is what Jimin said on his recent Vlive. (source at 10:26)

Film synopsis: A woman falls in love with a man whose body magically changes age, gender or nationality every single day.

 You Are the Apple of My Eye
Recommended by Taehyung (V). Tae mentions "You Are the Apple of My Eye" (Taiwan 2011) on an interview: 150430 The Star Profile Magazine.(source)

Film synopsis: Based on director Giddens Ko's autobiographical novel, is a coming of age story. The film starts with Ko Ching-Teng (Giddens) remembering his old school day when he and all his friends had a crush on Shen Chia-Yi, a honour student from their class and how they all chased her for years.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Recommended by Jimin. Jimin during recent Vlive: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. (source at 10:41)

Film synopsis: Born under unusual circumstances, Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) springs into being as an elderly man in a New Orleans nursing home and ages in reverse. Twelve years after his birth, he meets Daisy, a child who flickers in and out of his life as she grows up to be a dancer (Cate Blanchett). Though he has all sorts of unusual adventures over the course of his life, it is his relationship with Daisy, and the hope that they will come together at the right time, that drives Benjamin forward.

Recommended by Seokjin (JIN). This is Seokjin's All Time Favourite Movie from an interview (source).

Film synopsis: Neo (Keanu Reeves) believes that Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), an elusive figure considered to be the most dangerous man alive, can answer his question -- What is the Matrix? Neo is contacted by Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), a beautiful stranger who leads him into an underworld where he meets Morpheus. They fight a brutal battle for their lives against a cadre of viciously intelligent secret agents. It is a truth that could cost Neo something more precious than his life.

Black Swan
Recommended by Jimin. Jimin during recent Vlive: "I saw Black Swan too." (source at 10:57)

Film synopsis: Nina (Natalie Portman) is a ballerina whose passion for the dance rules every facet of her life. When the company's artistic director decides to replace his prima ballerina for their opening production of "Swan Lake," Nina is his first choice. She has competition in newcomer Lily (Mila Kunis) however. While Nina is perfect for the role of the White Swan, Lily personifies the Black Swan. As rivalry between the two dancers transforms into a twisted friendship, Nina's dark side begins to emerge.


Saturday, March 7

SUGA Day... First Time at BTS Cup Sleeve Event Manchester!

First time going to a BTS cup sleeve event in Manchester! I honestly didn't expect it to be sooo busy... we waited in line for about an hour and half, but it was fun (not when it started raining all of the sudden). Thanks to fellow army friend for organising this event and Ohayo Tea for hosting it! #SUGADAY I took lots of pictures and decided to share some of them in this post.


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