Trevor Noah – Born a Crime (2016)

Kate recommended this book. I’m glad she did. It’s a fantastic insight into growing up in South Africa as Apartheid was ending.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood is an autobiographical comedy book written by the American comedian Trevor Noah. …

Noah has been the host of The Daily Show  on Comedy Central, since 28 September 2015.

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The son of a Xhosa mother and a Swiss-German father, Mr. Noah recalls that “the only time I could be with my father was indoors”: “If we left the house, he’d have to walk across the street from us.” It was dangerous, as a light-skinned child, to be seen with his mother as well: “She would hold my hand or carry me, but if the police showed up she would have to drop me and pretend I wasn’t hers.” …

In the end, “Born a Crime” is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa …, but a love letter to the author’s remarkable mother …

NY Times – ‘Born a Crime,’ Trevor Noah’s Raw Account of Life Under Apartheid

Mr. Robot (season 2)

Mr. Robot is an American drama–thriller television series …

It stars Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, a cybersecurity engineer and hacker who suffers from social anxiety disorder and clinical depression. …

I enjoyed season 1.

Season 2 is even better, despite being a bit confusing at times.

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.

 

 

The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin (1974)

Though I was a huge science fiction fan in my teens, I never became a Le Guin fan (aside from her brilliant Left Hand of Darkness). Though a skilled writer, Le Guin’s plots are too complex to be great storytelling.

Heinlein was better.

I still feel that way. This book has a terrific plot: Shevek (a physicist) is the first from his planet in ages to travel to the supposedly utopian mother planet, Urras, in order to share an astonishing discovery.

It does not go well.  Nor does the book. It’s too wordy, too complicated.

The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia is a 1974 utopian science fiction novel by Ursula K. Le Guin …

The book won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1974 won both the Hugo and Locus Awards in 1975 …

It achieved a degree of literary recognition unusual for science fiction works due to its exploration of many themes, including anarchism and revolutionary societies, capitalism and individualism and collectivism. …

 

 

Bears – the Disney film

Everyone marvels at how these cameramen could have possibly filmed this footage. I loved it.

Bears is a 2014 nature documentary film about a family of brown bears living in the coastal mountain ranges of Alaska. …

Sky gives birth to two cubs named Amber and Scout in her den on a mountain slope. When April comes the bears will be ready to leave the den. …

When summer comes, so does the yearly salmon run. Dozens of bears gather along salmon streams on the coast to get the best of the run …

Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 89% …

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.

new backpack / briefcase

For Christmas I bought myself a National Geographic Appalachian 20 Inch Upright Rolling Suitcase. C$111.99 ($82.50)

Hidden backpack straps for off trail travel. I can wheel or carry. To save weight I cut off the side carry straps.

It (barely) still fits in an airplane overhead rack.

10 year warranty.

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I like it. But was surprised it had no dedicated laptop sleeve. AND it’s fairly heavy.