“Love Poems” by Lemon
one small step for (cuban wo-)man… May 14, 2008
I love blog reading. I currently have 138 blog subscriptions on my Google Reader, and I like to think that I learn something from each and every one of them. Whether a new crafting technique, the name of a hot new designer, or the political story "of the now" (wink), blogs – for the most part – have proven to be pretty educational for me.
I was particularly grateful to find this post on Bilingual in the Boonies, about Yoani Sanchez, a Cuban blogger writing about life – REAL life – in Cuba. I had never heard of Yoani (however, my mom had; go figure!) but after coming across Carrie’s post I started reading her (Spanish-language) blog, Generación Y.*
Incredibly interesting and captivating. And much more raw and honest than the "everything’s great, please send medicine" emails my mom receives regularly from my cousin, Alex. And let’s be blunt — this is one brave, ballsy woman! Living in a country where political oppression and censorship is the norm, she’s openly writing about the real deal. And she does so without fear, without self-censorship, and without hesitation. In my book, THAT is bravery in its purest form.
Earlier this month, she was awarded a journalism award by the Spanish newspaper, El Pais. Unsurprisingly, the Cuban government (the same one that is claiming all this change and freedom and a "New World Order" – cough, cough) did not allow her to leave the island to receive said prize. Yeah, that’s a shocker.
To echo Carrie’s sentiments, I cheer for Yoani as well. I applaud her "chispa". And I, also, wish her safety.
* The blog’s name comes from the "Y Griega" thing experienced in Cuba over the last three decades. After the exile, women born in Cuba during the 70s and 80s, under Communist rule, with Russian educations and upbringings, were given what were thought of as "Russian-sounding" names that begin with "Y". Hence the abundance of 20- and 30-something Yaneisys, Yusimis, etc. I personally have known a Yaneisy, Yalornia, Yadelkis, Yaidet, Yanin, Yanette and two Yanelles. Hmm… if my parents hadn’t gotten out when they did would I be "Yalou"?? Something to ponder.
you want more fans May 9, 2008
Admittedly, I wasn’t that into "Juno" when I saw it in the theatre for the first time. Upon watching it a second time (and third and fourth…), I really clicked with it and it’s since become my current favorite movie. I even ordered that 2-disc set from Amazon!
I’m particularly in love with this song ("Anyone Else But You"), although this version – performed by the movie’s stars, Michael Cera and Ellen Page – is slightly different from the Moldy Peaches’ version on the soundtrack.
I guess you could say I’m a fan!
Good Charlotte May 2, 2008
So last night I had the pleasure of attending Sunfest in Palm Beach with Fanless and three of his closest friends. While the five-day festival is a lot of fun in and of itself – plenty of entertainment kiosks, food and drinks – the main reason for attending (for me, anyway) was for the music. Last night was "New Music" night and they offered a special "15 Bands for 15 Dollars" ticket. Most of the bands were of the Indie/Alternative variety (yay!), including The Whigs, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, The Blakes, and The Postmarks. And the (unofficial) "headliners" were none other than Good Charlotte!
Honestly, while I do like some of GC’s songs, I was never a huge fan. I’m more familiar with Joel Madden’s dating history than his musical bio (Us magazine, yo). But they gave an awesome show! And they totally and completely won me over when they performed one of my favorite songs from my all-time, number one favorite band (no kidding – we’re talking love for over 20 years here): The Cure!!