Maputo – City of the Future!

I recently stumbled across an old class project I did for an intensive Russian course that served as a tourist promo for the capital of Mozambique, Maputo. As you might imagine, after the end of the Cold War there hasn’t been much need for Russian-language advertising. Then again, because of the 1977-1992 Civil War, there probably wasn’t too great of an interest from Russians in visiting either.

That being said, I had the chance to visit in 2010 and loved the experience. It’s a city whose buildings are frozen in time, although that time happens to be a mish-mash of 19th century Portuguese colonialism and 20th century Marxist-Leninist brutalism. Mostly I loved the fish market, though.

Anyway, if you want to relive my past (and the city’s) then here’s a cheesy powerpoint with corny effects, so caveat emptor: Мапуто.

Reading Suggestions for Dissertation Distraction

Reading for pleasure is one of those distractions that feels so wrong, yet is oh so necessary. I’m currently reading David Shields’ Reality Hunger after finishing some of his later works (all of which I recommend). There are times, though, when I finish someone’s oeuvre and find myself at a loss for what to read next.

No more! Whichbook has been great at recommending books based on thematic sliders. Although, to be fair, I base that entirely on the algorithm outputting Bernardo Atxaga’s Seven Houses in France, which has been on my to-read list for some time now. If I end up hating it, I’ll have to reevaluate this endorsement…