Author: Wendy Lesser Language: English Summary: Fifteen outstanding writers answered editor Wendy Lesser’s call for original essays on the subject of language–the one they grew up with, and the English in which they write.Despite American assumptions about polite Chinese discourse, Amy Tan believes that there was nothing discreet about the Chinese language with which she grew up. Leonard Michaels spoke only Yiddish until he was … Continue reading The genius of language: Fifteen writers reflect on their mother tongue
Author: Helena Drysdale Language: English Summary: Helena Drysdale and her husband Richard rented out their house and embarked on an epic tour across Europe in their customized camper van, the Mob. With them went their two small daughters, Tallulah and Xanthe. They had few plans, but they did have a goal: to probe the secrets of western Europes indigenous tribes. Over seven seasons Helena Drysdale and … Continue reading Mother Tongues: travels through tribal Europe
Author: Christine Gilbert
Summary: One woman’s quest to learn Mandarin in Beijing, Arabic in Beirut, and Spanish in Mexico, with her young family along for the ride.
Author: Mark Gevisser
Summary: More than seven years in the making, Mark Gevisser’s The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World’s Queer Frontiers is an exploration of how the conversation around sexual orientation and gender identity has come to divide—and describe—the world in an entirely new way over the first two decades of the twenty-first century. No social movement has brought change so quickly and with such dramatically mixed results. While same-sex marriage and gender transition are celebrated in some parts of the world, laws are being strengthened to criminalize homosexuality and gender nonconformity in others. As new globalized queer identities are adopted by people across the world—thanks to the digital revolution—fresh culture wars have emerged. A new Pink Line, Gevisser argues, has been drawn across the globe, and he takes readers to its frontiers. Continue reading “The Pink Line – Journeys Across the World’s Queer Frontiers”
Author: Caitlin Doughty
Summary: Fascinated by our pervasive fear of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty set out to discover how other cultures care for the dead. From Here to Eternity is an immersive global journey that introduces compelling, powerful rituals almost entirely unknown in America. Continue reading “From here to eternity: Traveling the world to find the good death”
Author: Antonio Moscatello
Summary: “In questo libro Moscatello ci accompagna nei luoghi più straordinari e meno conosciuti del Giappone, spiegandoceli nel suo stile ironico e divertente, e aggiungendo informazioni storiche e geografiche preziose. I racconti prendono spunto da esperienze dirette dello scrittore e la mappa biografica si mescola così a quella geografica del Giappone, dandoci l’impressione di avere sempre accanto un compagno di viaggio competente e generoso nell’informarci puntualmente su ogni cosa. 101 cose da fare, è certamente una lettura adatta per questo periodo sonnacchioso di fine inverno in cui attendiamo di ripartire (perché ripartiremo!), di riaprire, di tornare a fare perché ha la capacità di farci arrivare nel vero Giappone stando seduti, strappandoci pure qualche sorriso”. Recensione di Stefania Viti, 6 Febbraio 2021.