We have this thing called corruption. And racism.

What a week. Murderers, expelled politicians, convicted politicians. Negative people everywhere. Pheew. I’ve been following the trial of the Norwegian murderer Anders Behring Breivik via Twitter. There’s a Finnish journalist in Oslo, sitting in the court room and tweeting. It’s a completely new experience for me, to be following a trial with such intensity. Social…

Burning thoughts from Lebanon

You may have already figured that my favorite pastime activity is crocheting and watching movies at the same time. Audiobooks and podcasts are great too, but the visual appeal of films is unbeatable. Recently, I watched the Canadian film Incendies. It competed for the Oscar of best foreign language film last year, but didn’t win.…

Shooting dogs

I’ve recently started using Voddler, a movie streaming service. It’s easy to rent films online, and with a minor monthly fee you’re free of advertisement. When I say minor, I mean minuscule: they charge 10 cents per month to get rid of ads and get access to some films free of charge. I think it’s…

Strange fruit

I’ve been slowly reading the book I posted earlier about, 33 revolutions per minute by Dorian Lynskey. I decided to go easy with the book, only take one song at a time and digest the thoughts with patience. I read the first chapter, about Strange Fruit, describing racial violence. I saw the photos the author had chosen…

Soundtrack of social change

I got myself a new book. It is the first non-fiction book I have bought in a good while. This baby has about 800 pages, just like a good Harry Potter novel. Author Dorian Lynskey, a music writer for the Guardian, has done impressive and interesting research about the politics of pop music, and BTW…

From Libya, with love

My commuting today by bus was made almost perfect with the BBC World Book Club. Again. It seems, no matter what they do, it always brings me happiness. The themes of the books they choose are always thought-provoking. To hear the authors talk about a novel, respond to questions from the audience, laugh, learn, deny and…

No more tacit acceptance

What a confusing, devastating and disturbing weekend. In theory, I know what happened in Norway. In practice, I have no idea. I’ve read about a bomb explosion and I’ve seen videos of young social democrats being helped after someone opened fire at them. I have no idea what it feels like to run for your…