Sunday, October 21, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Are all clever women powerful witches?
"She heard wings. She held out her arm. It was her bird. He scarred her arm where she had no glove but she did not care because she loved him and she knew that love leaves a wound that leaves a scar."
To read more about the book, click here.
Read for the LGBT reading event, hosted by Roof Beam Reader.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Someone has finally noticed that Romanians do not read. With an average of 5 euros a year spent on books by a Romanian, we are on the last place compared to any other European country, so the Federation of Romanian Publishers and Distributors decided to start a national campaign to promote reading as a means to personal and social development. Yaaay!
I am not sure about that social development, but anything bookwise taking place in Romania is worth noticing and even applauding, although there are plenty of criticism that can be expressed: the campaign only happens in several cities, so calling the campaign national is a bit too much; reaching people in cities with plenty of book shops is less impressive than going into small towns where book shops hardly exist and literary events are practically nonexistent.
Still, I am looking forward to finding more about this campaign, initiated a week ago. Maybe the Federation will provide more info on the related events, contests and book launches...
Saturday, October 6, 2012
At least when it comes to good movies. In the past few months I have been watching a lot of French movies and they all lead me to this conclusion: they are all more emotional, more interesting and less tacky than most/all Hollywood films. You only have to watch "Cafe de Flore" to realize this simple truth. If time allows it, you can also watch "Seraphine" (the story of a housekeeper turned painter) or "Tomboy" (a girl who truly wishes she were a boy). They are both so beautifully filmed, and the stories are so touching you will have a problem watching any other movie that isn't French, because they are so addictive :)
My next stop: Romain Duris' filmography.