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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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