Cultural Reads 55: Haunting Aboriginal Music, Ecuadorian Cards, Spanish Netflix

Hi Everyone, 

And welcome to the Cultural Reads Newsletter with book, music, and movie recommendations from around the world.

In this week’s newsletter: Turkish Books, Spanish Thrillers, Ecuadorian Card Game, Aboriginal Singer, Making of a Manager.

🧿 Turkish Books

Discover Turkey through literature!

From the Ottoman empire to the modern future and noble prize-winning author Orphan Pamuk to the famous Bastard of Istanbul.

Find out the Top 10 Turkish Authors And Best Books About Turkey here.

🍿 Spanish Netflix Thrillers | Top 3

Are you also a sucker for a good thriller? Here are three of the best edge-of-your-seat shows from Spain. 

1. The Innocent (El Inocente) 

After serving time in prison for accidental manslaughter, Mateo’s life takes a dark turn when his wife mysteriously disappears, plunging him into a dangerous web of secrets and conspiracies. Watch now.

2. The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo) 

A successful businessman accused of murder hires a brilliant lawyer to prove his innocence, but as they dig deeper, the truth becomes a complex puzzle filled with twists and turns. On Netflix.

3. The Platform (El Hoyo) 

In a vertical prison where food scarcity breeds desperation, a man fights for survival as he navigates the levels, encountering horrifying truths about society’s hierarchy. Not for the faint-hearted. Find it here.

Card Game Cuarenta (Ecuador)

🃏 Card Game Cuarenta (Ecuador)

Do you want to impress and make new Ecuadorian friends? 

Then learn how to play Cuarenta! 

It’s a popular card game in Ecuadorian mountain cities like Quito and Cuenca.

I haven’t been to Ecuador for a while, but I still play it regularly with my girlfriend because it’s so much fun!

You can find the rules here or watch this instruction video. Or invite me for a b,eer and we’ll play together!

🎧 Gurrumul (Australia)

Gurrumul is probably the most famous Aboriginal singer in the world, with a debut album that reached platinum status in Australia in 2008. 

The immensely talented Australian musician grew up in a remote community on Elcho Island as part of the indigenous Yolngu people.

His music is deeply rooted in his cultural heritage and expressed through his soulful voice and mastery of various instruments.

Check out Gurrumul’s hauntingly beautiful voice in his most famous song Wiyathul (meaning butterfly and reflecting on his connection to his heritage and the natural world) or find out more in this fantastic 200WorldAlbums review

📗 The Making of a Manager | Book Takeaway

A manager is a specific role, just as an elementary school teacher and heart surgeon are. Leadership, on the other hand, is the particular skill of guiding and influencing other people.

As a manager, your task is to ensure your team knows what success looks like and cares about achieving it. 

You need to focus on the purpose, people, and process. In other words, the why, the who, and the how.

Here’s the book on Amazon.

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