The enthusiasm for writers here is because we’re a legend-minded nation. Iranians think that words have magical powers. Writers produce words. Nowadays, when soccer players or TV actors are the new legends, the presence of a writer somewhere produces a sudden hush and an atmosphere of sanctity.
The Neighbourhood Book Exchange
This is one of the most heartening initiatives I’ve stumbled across in a long time.
I’m frequently disappointed by teens and kids I meet who have no problem spitting out such incomprehensible statements as ‘Reading is dumb’ or ’ Nobody reads anymore’.
In North America, kids are managing to graduate high school without basic language skills.
They enjoy a good story, but they’d rather wait for the movie.
It’s frustrating for someone like me: an avid reader and advocate of literature as a learning tool.
I owe my comprehension level and conversational skills to the art of reading.
Frankly, I don’t believe I would be the same person if I had read even one less book in my lifetime.
The link to their facebook post has some examples of similar initiatives happening in other cities too.
(Long overdue) Tumblr Tune of the Day
King by Weezer
I’m a big fan of Weezer, but this is by far my favourite song they have ever recorded.
It was a bonus track on the red album and really stood out to me.
It’s got a different sound – the guitar is far more laid back and the vocals are actually sung by Scott Shriner.
Shriner apparently fought the rest of the band to get the song on the album.
Glad he won.
Tumblr Tune of the Day - Little Green Bag by George Baker.
Couldn’t believe it when I heard this song playing in the background of America’s Got Talent last night.
It’s a classic - my Dad and I would rock out to the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack for hours and this was my personal favourite track.
Love that reality television is exposing today’s generation to music they normally wouldn’t get to hear!
Came across this photo by Gary Felton, and it instantly made me think of one of my favourite quotes from Moby Dick.
When I feel like knocking people’s hats off, I long to take to the sea as well.
If only I didn’t currently live in the prairies.
NB: Gary Felton is a professional sailing photographer working in the Caribbean. See more of his beautiful work here!
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Worth Wondering by Bronze Radio Return
Every once in a while, you come across a song that stops the world from spinning, just for a moment.
That’s what this one did for me.
It’s exquisite and the lead singer is full of soul with a gritty, golden tone.
P.S Strawberry Hills from their 2009 self-released album Old Time Speaker is just as good, but I can’t seem to find it on Youtube!