Things that Caught My Eye this Week: The Really Really Really Sad Week Edition

What a truly sad week it’s been.  Places all over the world have been torn by violence.  It’s a heartache kind of week.  In light of all the terrible events , I thought I’d post some links celebrating the culture of some of these amazing places that are much more than terrorists want us to believe.

The Last Song before the War  From their website: The Last Song Before the War is a feature-length documentary that captures the inspiring rise and uncertain future of Mali’s annual Festival in the Desert. Against the backdrop of stunning musical performances, the film subtly reveals the challenges and triumphs of creating an artistic event in such challenging economic and political circumstances.

John Oliver on French Culture  (HBO via YouTube)“It is important to remember nothing about what these a**holes are trying to do is going to work. France is going to endure and I’ll tell you why. If you’re in a war of culture and lifestyle with France, good f***ing luck.”

Visiting Iraqi Kurdistan (Lee Abbomonte)  Lee Abbomonte has been to every country on the Traveller’s Century Club list.  Here’s his account of his 2010 trip to Iraq.

The Original Hip Hop Violinist (YouTube)  Tel Aviv native (and current New Jerseyan) performing on Showtime at the Apollo



  1. I love what caught your eye! This week has been so scary and very tragic for families and loved ones. It is nice to see something so inspiring ! You have an amazing blog.

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