If with your friends you always spend hours talking about your current favourites – film, book, music, theatre, exhibitions etc. – then this new series is for you.
Because when everything is foreign around you the best thing you can do is searching for something, which you can relate to.
Travel book with a twist
I must admit that I have a soft spot for travel books! So whenever I am at a bookshop I never miss out on searching for something special. My latest catch this week was a pocket-sized book: Australian Language & Culture, by Lonely Planet. What I love about this book is that it does not only contain useful vocabulary and slang but it also reveals the historical and cultural background, which formed and inspired the Australian English. For example, did you know that when contemporary Australians speak of planting Christmas presents where the children can’t find them they are using old British criminal slang? – inherited from the convicts, the first British settlers of Australia. I find it fascinating how much you can learn about a nation simply by understanding their language more deeply.
I came across the work of Kyle Thompson this week via this article. His pictures have this feel of timelessness and magic, as if they carry you to another world. It just makes his story even more interesting that he has no formal education in photography. At age of 19 he just followed his passion to take pictures, even though he did not much think that he could make a living out of it. Because he was pretty shy he started of with self-portraits, which, together with abandoned homes, became his trademark.
One of my new TV series addictions (well, new for me since the third season just started) is Once upon a time. For those who never heard of it: The show takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, the residents of which are actually characters from various fairy tales that were transported to the “real world” town and robbed of their real memories by a powerful curse. Episodes typically feature a primary storyline in Storybrooke, as well as a secondary storyline usually from another point in a character’s life before the curse was enacted. I love the fairytale characters coming to life, searching for their place in the „real world”, fighting for their happy ending. And I cannot help imagining that they live among us!
California comes to Brisbane
Staying on the subjects of TV shows: for any Mad Men fan the newest exhibition at GOMA in Brisbane is a must-see! The ‘California Design 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way’ looks like a unique exhibit, which introduces a broad spectrum of industrial, architectural, commercial, fashion and craft design from California, unfolding all the different aspects of how the modern world was shaped by its influence.
Links to some more good stuff
Still for the Mad Men fans: a great in-depth interview by The Guardian with Jon Hamm, who talks about Mad Men’s end: “I am feeling pretty zen about it just now, but probably next year I will be crying my eyes out.”