Friday, July 3, 2015

Holiday Weekend Reading a Go-Go

Here you go. Now you can't complain that you don't have anything good to read this holiday weekend.

Random notes
1. The headline is a reference to Bill Rebane's classic Monster a Go-Go. Just because.
2. In other movie news that is almost as inconceivable as me mentioning Bill Rebane in a blog post, Paul Thomas Anderson might be writing and directing an adaptation of "Pinocchio" featuring Robert Downey Jr. as Geppetto. Yes, you read that right. Drew McWeeny ponders this possibility on HitFix.
3. The photo with this post, taken by me, is of a Little Free Library in downtown York. We're happy to have this as another place to take books that are leaving the household. I was on good behavior and dropped off six books and only took one — one of those Alfred Hitchcock fiction anthologies. For more about Little Free Libraries, see the website and check out these two articles from The Atlantic — one from July 2014 about their appeal and one from February 2015 about the people who would stand in the way of book-sharing.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Inspirational Soviet postcard from the 1960s (Yes, I wrote that)

Straight from the Cold War, here's a vintage postcard from the Soviet Union with a great message that transcends ideologies and generations.

The card shows a young boy who is doing some woodworking. He is surrounded by images of boats, an airplane, a rocket ship, birdhouse and a futuristic helicopter.

The caption, translated, essentially states:

Skillful hands do not know boredom

Which is a fantastic message. From anyone, anywhere, at any time. If that's considered propaganda, then it's the kind of propaganda we need more of.

Here's the back of the postcard, which I have not attempted to translate, because Russian cursive is not my specialty.

Here's a closer look at the postcard publisher's logo and that groovy helicopter.