Why bother?

Published January 18, 2009 · Estimated reading time: 1 minute · One response so far
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Kurt VonnegutThe past few days Montréal’s temperature has averaged a cool -20°C, otherwise known as nostril-hair freezing cold. This kind of cold is not really a great motivator for hanging out outside. So I’ve been occupying myself with the news (a mix of alarming and horrifying), drinking tea and re-reading some Vonnegut. I find myself coming back to these books year after year, and every time finding them more powerful, more truthful… and myself crying like a baby. This is from Timequake, his answer to… why bother?

“Many people need desperately to receive this message: ‘I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.‘”

ps. This blog has a new look and a new name! 🙂
pps. How awesome is that door garden gnome? I want one.

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Ey Iran

Published January 16, 2009 · Estimated reading time: 1 minute · Share your thoughts
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This is “Ey Iran” performed by Iranian actors and actresses (for what I assume to be a film festival and/or new year’s celebration of some sort). The song is not the national anthem, but an ode to the country with a very interesting background history*. Weaving gorgeous strings of poetry it draws on pure and raw nationalism without imposing political ideology, and so is loved all across the political spectrum. The video is a montage of footages from the country’s best films (I was kinda excited to recognize some!) and incorporates musical elements from Iran’s ethnic minorities. It’s very well done for sure.

*see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ey_Iran and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hossein_Gol-e-Golab

ps. Happy 2009! I hope to write more frequently here this year. Not a resolution. 😉

Permanent linkMarzieh Ghiasi