Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Way I see It !

Today in the middle of a lecturer by our guest lecturer on Central Asia Before & After Soviet time, and while sipping my morning Starbucks tea I started reading my Coffee Cup and floated away from the class:

The Way I See It # 225
People don’t read enough. And what reading we do is cursory, without absorbing the subtleties and nuances that lie deep within – Wow, you’ve stopped paying attention, haven’t you? People can’t even read a coffee cup without drifting off.
David Shore
Creator and executive producer of the television drama House.

Reading “The way I See It” of Starbucks’ cups has become my daily habit this spring*. Although I read them dutifully they are not always interesting. But this one was ironic and at the same time- at least at that time and place- interesting; I have read something that was criticizing people/me for not reading and paying attention. Also I, myself, should have listened to the lecture and not read my coffee cup. And now The Way I See It: Hey you! Sip your caffeine, listen to the lecture and don’t bother with your paper cup!

On the bottom of the cup - in a smaller font - it is printed: This is the author’s opinion, not necessarily that of Starbucks. To read more or respond, go to: www.starbucks.com/wayiseeit.

PS. Das Leben der Anderen - Lives of Others - (2006) directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmack, is a must-see movie. I saw it last week in the snowstorm and it was well worth fighting the storm. Also Check Global Feminisms exhibition at Brooklyn Museum. It is up until July 1st 2007.

Ulrich Mühe, Lives of Others, 2006

*Last fall I was into reading trivia of my oatmeal packages.


Nazy said...

You are so sweet and so funny, Tameshk! Of course you must read the cup while you are in class, and try to find out from your notes later (as you are watching the John Stewart Show) what the teacher said in class, and as you are watching that program, you should be washing your dishes or talking to your mother! Hahaha! This is how brilliant minds work! Stop beating yourself up for it! As for reading, however, I read in a very concentrated way, and if I'm reading material from Iran, I try and read in-between the lines, too, as there is always a whole lot to read there, too! Don't be so hard on yourself! Your problem is that you're super smart and it's hard for you to be content doing just one thing at a time! I will go see that movie as soon as I get a chance, though things are really stressful for me right now, with moving and some volunteer work I have taken on. I am giving away my concert and show tickets even, knowing that I won't be able to go, that's how bad things are for me now! I work like a dog, move things around like a porter (hamoon Hammale khodemoon), and I won't be able to get any culture for the next 3 weekends, either.

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