Thursday Tea is the brain child of Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog
A new tea cup that I got for Mother’s Day begs for a Thursday Tea post.
From one of my favorite Etsy shops Geek Details. Awesome, no? I have to watch the Whovians in my house. They look at it longingly ,as if they think they should be allowed to drink from it ,too. Sillies.
The Bookish Bits
I’ve been reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami for the longest time. I’m exactly half finished with it. The library copy has a broken spine and it’s a hefty hardcover - not travel/outdoor reading friendly and also not great reading material for when I’m nursing, so that’s most of why it’s taking me so long. Otherwise, I’d probably have devoured it by now. When I was not far into it, my thoughts were along the lines of, “So, I’m reading a book about a guy looking for his lost cat. Ok, then.” Thankfully, it’s proved to be compelling beyond the cat searching.
I’m also reading a couple of graphic novels.
Set in the aftermath of Iran’s fraudulent elections of 2009, Zahra’s Paradise is the fictional story of the search for Mehdi, a young protestor who has disappeared in the Islamic Republic’s gulags. Mehdi has vanished in an extrajudicial twilight zone where habeas corpus is suspended. What stops his memory from being obliterated is not the law. It is the grit and guts of a mother who refuses to surrender her son to fate and the tenacity of a brother—a blogger—who fuses culture and technology to explore and explode absence: the void in which Mehdi has vanished.
Zahra’s Paradise weaves together a composite of real people and events. As the world witnessed what could no longer be kept from view, through YouTube videos, on Twitter and in blogs, so this story came to be and had to be told.
The author Amir is an Iranian-American human rights activist, journalist and documentary filmmaker. He has lived and worked in the United States, Canada, Europe and Afghanistan. His essays and articles have appeared far and wide in the press.
Khalil’s work as a fine artist has been much praised. He sculpts and creates ceramics and has been cartooning since he was very young. Zahra’s Paradise is his first graphic novel.
Amir and Khalil have long dreamed up projects together, but Zahra’s Paradise draws on their talents as though they’ve been preparing for it all their lives—and through it, they answer the calling of their times.
The authors have chosen anonymity for obvious political reasons.
What are the most important days of your life?
Meet Brás de Oliva Domingos. The miracle child of a world-famous Brazilian writer, Brás spends his days penning other people’s obituaries and his nights dreaming of becoming a successful author himself—writing the end of other people’s stories, while his own has barely begun.
But on the day that life begins, would he even notice? Does it start at 21 when he meets the girl of his dreams? Or at 11, when he has his first kiss? Is it later in his life when his first son is born? Or earlier when he might have found his voice as a writer?
Each day in Brás’s life is like a page from a book. Each one reveals the people and things who have made him who he is: his mother and father, his child and his best friend, his first love and the love of his life. And like all great stories, each day has a twist he’ll never see coming…
In Daytripper, the Eisner Award-winning twin brothers Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá tell a magical, mysterious and moving story about life itself—a hauntingly lyrical journey that uses the quiet moments to ask the big questions
The Tea Drinking Bit
Wow, I’m kinda boring lately. Not much other than Earl Grey and some green. You’d think I could sort through my Tim Teabowl (yes, it’s what I call the bowl that holds my stash of tea) and pull out something vaguely Japanese to go with The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. I’ll try to do that for the second half of the book. Some good mate would go well with Daytripper.