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In the Bulgarian village of Lyutibrod

So I recently spent a day in a village in the northwest of Bulgaria, near the town of Vratsa. This is a very poor part of the country where people live quite close to the edge, and is probably one of the poorest regions in the European Union. But it is also breathtakingly beautiful, and it is in this part of the country that many people maintain an allegiance to leftist ideals. I am always humbled and honored to be a guest here.

 

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Beginning my summer reading list: In Praise of Slowness

 

In Praise of Slowness, Carl Honoré

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time, especially after reading The Slow Professor a few years back. In many ways, this book catalyzed the whole Slow movement, and it was an international bestseller about fifteen years ago. So, the irony, of course, is that I was rather slow in getting around to reading it. But since this is the beginning of my annual summer reading binge, I decided that I should strike it off my list first since it’s literally been sitting on my bookshelf for over a decade.

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A lovely visit to UMass Amherst

It was so much fun to hang out with these awesome anthropologists: Krista Harper, Betsy Krause, and Julie Hemment. I am so grateful for their invitation.

Harper, Krause, Ghodsee, and Hemment