Cultural Reads 20: Malawi Windmills, Colombian Salsa & Instagram Movie

Happy Tuesday from Mexico,

And welcome to the Cultural Reads Newsletter! A bi-weekly book, music, and movie recommendation from different countries all around the world.

As you may have noticed, I got a new logo. I’m super hyped and want to give a huge shout-out to Salomé (the designer), Lynn for the intro, Clarisse for finalizing it, and Martha for the first logo design!

In this week’s newsletter: Find Your New Favorite Author, Colombia, Nigeria & Malawi.

🎺Analog Journal (Colombia)

Ready to salsa your way through the rest of the week?

Check out this Colombian Salsa mix at My Analog Journal.

My Analog Journal is a Youtube channel exploring rare grooves worldwide on vinyl. It’s similar to Tiny Desk but for DJs.

I am also a big fan of the 70s & 80s Japanese Funk and Soul mix.

For more ways to find new music, check out these eight tools to discover songs.

📰 Deepculture Newsletter

A newsletter I personally really like is deepculture.

Deepculture is a weekly smart digest that sends you 20 interesting things every week. It makes great reading on the way to work, or at home, over a coffee.

If you like culture, philosophy, and generally interesting and curious things in the world – check it out.

Join 1000+ users who enjoy deepculture every Tuesday. You can find previous editions and subscribe here.

📘 The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind (Malawi)

In 2017, I traveled to Malawi for the Red Cross. I was working in the tech department, and our goal was to collect data to improve post-disaster aid.

On my day off, I visited a bookstore to learn about Malawian authors. The two books I took home were I Will Try (which I featured in an earlier edition of this newsletter) and The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind.

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind tells the story of a village boy called William. His parents can’t afford to send him to school, so William spends his days in the library teaching himself how to build an electricity-generating windmill. When an influential man discovers his invention, he offers him a new future.

William experienced droughts and famine as a kid, and his personal story shows the devasting effects of these natural disasters. For someone collecting objective data, his account was instrumental in getting a glimpse of these disasters’ real-life impacts.

His inspiring story later turned into a Netflix movie. If you prefer the book, you can find it for a few dollars on Amazon.

🌍 Literature Map

Are you looking for something new to read?

Check out the Literature Map. Fill in your favorite author, and the website shows you similar writers.

📚 One Sentence Book Takeaway

Think of yourself as a company with assets, liabilities, income, and expenses, and build more income-generating assets.

 – Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

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