The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
For more love stories told in a non-traditional form, try these…
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler for a love story told backwards through letters and illustration
I Wrote This For You by Iain Thomas & Jon Ellis for an inspiring project
Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony for a quirky love story told in photos
The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston for a story told through 1920s vintage ephemera
The First Grader (2010)
Beautiful movie based on the true story of Kimani Maruge, an 84 year old villager and a Mau Mau veteran, who decides to enroll in school for the first time to educate himself after hearing an announcement on the radio about the Kenyan government’s offering of free primary school education to “all”. All while facing resistance from the public’s claims of an “old man” taking up space.
'Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave' - Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa aale wasallam)
Vampire Weekend - “Exit Music (For a Film)”
You came, you saw, you sawed her brain / You cut out all the parts that held your stain / You clipped, you clawed to no applause / You lost the will and bought the lying off So try to be somebody, so try to feel somebody
Unusual DIY Christmas Tree Ideas
Books we love:
The Stars by H. A. Rey ($12)
Who, upon leaving the city on a dark, clear night hasn’t been suddenly struck by the intensity and intricacy of the rural sky? And who hasn’t wished they knew more about what’s up there?
Lovingly devised & illustrated by the creator of Curious George, The Stars is easily the most accessible and enjoyable guide we’ve found for developing a casual & practical familiarity with the celestial world.
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
Yeah! Science, bitch!
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson for more easy to understand, witty science
The Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean Carroll for an easy to understand guide to the Higgs boson: aka ‘The God Particle’
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter for a mind-bending journey into artificial intelligence
“Grave of the Fireflies” is an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation. Since the earliest days, most animated films have been “cartoons” for children and families. Recent animated features such as “The Lion King,” “Princess Mononoke” and “The Iron Giant” have touched on more serious themes, and the “Toy Story” movies and classics like “Bambi” have had moments that moved some audience members to tears. But these films exist within safe confines; they inspire tears, but not grief.
“Grave of the Fireflies” is a powerful dramatic film that happens to be animated, and I know what the critic Ernest Rister means when he compares it to “Schindler’s List” and says, “It is the most profoundly human animated film I’ve ever seen.”
- Roger Ebert about Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)
Watching tonight so I can remind Sabrina about how horrible life can be.
Saddest movie ever.
#i just loved that this movie didn’t delve into his life #i just loved that you knew something had gone wrong in his past #i loved that you could tell there were things that were bad #that he was eating thanksgiving by himself at a chinese restaurant where he was clearly a regular #i loved that his phone kept ringing but he kept ignoring the calls #that you knew someone wanted to contact him but he was ignoring them #i loved that he was a city cop who for SOME REASON moved to a small town #i loved that he had that very clear tick of blinking his eyes that something was wrong #that he had this rage inside of him #but this sense of honor and this sense of justice #BUT THE MOVIE NEVER TOLD YOU ABOUT ANY OF IT #IT DIDN’T FEEL THE NEED TO MAKE THIS FILM ABOUT HIS LIFE #I LOVED IT SO MUCH BECAUSE HE WAS SO MYSTERIOUS AND SO PERFECT AND UNF
Winter love: Animal sweaters