There are many interesting old shops and warehouses in downtown Tacoma.
When the Doves Disappeared is a complex, suspenseful story about life under occupation in Estonia, from the WWII era to the 1960s. It has a main character based on a real person who is a fascinating study in chameleonic machination.
Here are some of the reviews:
“A piercing look at characters striving to retain their humanity amid fear, violence, and secrecy.” – The New Yorker
“This is powerful fiction that stirs history, war crimes, and psychology into a compelling mix.” – Booklist
“Oksanen depicts civilian life in wartime and under communist oppression in rich historical detail, skillfully manipulating chronology and threading clues subtly throughout the narrative as suspense builds. Highly recommended.” – Library Journal (*starred review)
“A brave and important voice from the ex-communist world… Betrayal, secrecy and memory are the haunting themes of Sofi Oksanen’s accomplished new novel.” – The Economist
I also recommend it.
U.S. cover by Kelly Blair. Canadian and UK cover by Richard Evans.
This short 1971 BBC documentary is full of haunting children’s folklore from Belfast. I was surprised to hear several songs that I sang with my sisters as a child. But only a little surprised. Children’s songs and rhymes have a remarkable way of spreading and outlasting all other forms of folklore.
I wonder, though, if it’s possible for the poetry and song and dance of children to be eradicated by screens and recordings.
Found on the always interesting Nag on the Lake.
It started with an innocent sock.
My Mother Keeps Knitting Me Everything. From the Chilean puppet news show 31 Minutos.
This past October I had the good fortune of visiting the Residenz Museum in Munich. While we were there I kept my companions waiting for ages while I pored over the dozens of spectacular tapestries in the rooms. Here are just a few of them.
The tapestries were designed in the early 1600s by Hans van der Biest and Peter Candid. Click and zoom for a closer look.