” You don’t stop doing things because you get old. You get old because you stop doing things.”(Brainpickings)
– the same website has a great piece on photojournalist Peter Menzel and his book Material World: A Global Family Portrait where he finds a statistically average family in 30 countries and photographs them outside their house with all of their belongings;
– and different parts of the world are being brought together by Idol competitions :
Idol competitions in countries with non-existent or underdeveloped democratic processes – and/or societies with strong ethnic/tribe/class divisions – creates a unique opportunity for anyone to step forward and be heard.
“One of the key words is ‘meritocracy’,” said Cynthia Schneider a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University who has written extensively on the rise of these singing competitions in the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan. “To have a completely open platform, which is what these programs are, (allows) anybody to enter and rise literally on the basis of your own individual talent. (This) is a very radical concept. (CNN)”
– sentences can save us (3quarksdaily)
– but Alan Jacobs gives us a warning: “Don’t turn reading into the intellectual equivalent of eating organic greens” (npr) ;
– Andrea Zellner writes about how social media allows reading communities to flourish.
Like Andrea I have been following the Atlantic’s twitter book club that is reading Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin but also, like Andrea, I have been slammed by work so not participated as much as I would like.
Hopefully that will change this weekend.
Have a good one.