I don’t often read Dutch newspapers. It’s just so much work and I’m just too lazy to do it. We do watch the evening news, about half the time, but it’s not very long or in depth. I miss watching “60 Minutes”. Sometimes I feel like I live in my own little bubble without knowing what’s going on in the world. Every morning over breakfast I read Google News, but that’s just really quick headlines and always leaves me feeling like I’ve just eaten fast food – it takes up my time, but I don’t feel any more informed for having read it.
Lately I’ve started listening to more podcasts. I really enjoy Planet Money and Fresh Air, both from NPR. If anyone can make sense of this financial crisis and what governments and banks are up to, the people at Planet Money can and they can explain it so that you and I can understand it. Fresh Air is a series of interviews of people from all areas of public life, past and present. They aren’t necessarily “news”, but are always interesting and enlightening.
DB and I also watch The Daily Show, streamed from here. Most of that is comedy, but he always does a serious interview as well.
If I’m feeling like I have money in my pocket and I happen to pass a newsstand, I’ll pick up The Economist. It’s partly about economics, but mostly it’s a news magazine along the lines of Newsweek, but it’s much more in depth and much less slanted than the American news magazines.
As for fun media, I am once again a Brenda Dayne fan and her Cast-On podcast. I like to knit while listening, but even better, I like to RUN while listening. Brenda makes my run just fly by and I don’t even notice that I’ve done another kilometer. Actually, after trying a few other knitting pod casts, Brenda is the only one I still listen to.
There are the usual knitting mags that I routinely get, but the other day I actually bought a Vogue Patterns magazine. It’s been years since I sewed anything for myself. Honestly I can’t remember the last item of clothing I sewed. I do know how. My mom taught me to sew at a very young age and I made my own school clothes until I was no longer in school (including Grad School). I’m feeling the itch to sew again. I think that is mostly to do with the fact that I can’t find any clothes in the shops here that 1) fit; 2) I like; 3) I want to pay the high price for. Maybe I’ll have to get out the sewing machine and buy some fabric Monday on the Noordermarkt.
While I’m talking about knitting and sewing, how about baking? How about a love of pastries and knitting all rolled into one? My new friend (who I bought the wild colored Lorna’s Laces sock yarn from a few weeks ago) has opened an Etsy shop to sell her home knit pastries. The photo above is just one of her gorgeous products. I saw one of them in person and they are just amazing. Her work is perfect and she really takes the time to find just the right yarn to represent the food we love to eat. Good luck with the new shop!
Wandering around my thoughts about media is the movie that we saw on Tuesday night – “The Reader“. If you haven’t seen this movie, DO! I can’t get it out of my head. The acting is superb. And the story….. what would YOU have done if you were Hannah? What would YOU have done if you were Michael? Would you have kept Hannah’s secret all those years? Why did he do that? DB sees this movie as mostly a love story with a bit of morality thrown in. I see it as at least 50/50 morality play/love story. I was more captivated by imagining Germany in the post-war years and trying to understand how people would live after such a defeat and trying to reconcile the parts they played during the war. It was a love story, but one with more complications than you or I will ever deal with (let’s hope).
Well, that’s me for today. More news tomorrow on another reclaimed Norwegian sweater that is currently being felted………..