Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Memed, My Hawk Memed, My Hawk by Yashar Kemal

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
A classic, adventurous novel about a boy named Slim Memed who becomes a Robin Hood-like bandit. He is driven to his fate by the cruelty of the local pasha or feudal lord, the hunger of his village in southern Turkey, and especially when his young love's hand is promised to the pasha's nephew. In this exciting story, Yashar Kemal's elegant prose burns with love for the the rugged landscape, the fertile earth, and the people of the Taurus Mountains.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Father's WWII stories live on in son's e-mails

from the Oregonian (via Seattle Times) ...

"Michael van der Hout, 51, a legal services assistant at a Portland law firm, sorts through his father's memorabilia to craft a story about his family's history. He sends stories to 200 people, many of them strangers, across the United States, Canada and Europe."

photo by Olivia Bucks, story by Tom Hallman, Jr.
[click on headline for the story]

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Ferocious Attack Kitten

My internet dependency seems a veritable addiction at times, like right now, when I decided to look at "just one more thing" before bed - the Best of Craigslist.

I'm glad I did.

[click headline to see why.]

Friday, July 11, 2008

Facing Poverty at UC

Service workers at the University of California plan to go on strike next week for a contract with decent wages. A friend of a friend made this video, interviewing UC workers about what they and their families go through day to day.