well it took me long enough but i finally began reading the hunger games. my god it’s good. there’s been so much hype about the film that i thought i best give it a read having been put off in the past by people saying it was for a younger audience (although i’m not sure why that put me off as i’m a grown man who still watches all six star wars movies every year). i am smitten, hooked and thrilled. bring on the movie but i’ll tell you what the book is about as exciting a novel as i’ve read in ages. maybe since the his dark materials trilogy (and i WAS younger when i read those books).
best book i’ve read this year so far is still A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. simply stunning. in fact i couldn’t recommend a book more highly. read it if you haven’t. you won’t be disappointed. her skill is limitless.
“The church’s decades-old campaign against modern contraception has led to an epidemic of unsafe abortions in the Philippines. The country’s high unmet need for contraception means that almost half of pregnancies are unwanted and about 500,000 per year result in abortion. All too often, these procedures are unsafe. Every year, an estimated 60,000 Filipinas are injured trying to terminate a pregnancy. About 1,000 die from abortion-related complications.”—When a Country Cracks Down on Contraception: Grim Lessons from the Philippines, Emily Rauhala, TIME World (via pinoytumblr)
Here’s a clip of the first single off Born and Raised, called “Shadow Days.” I’m excited to share the first bit of sound from the album… Been looking forward to a post like this since October 14, 2010, the first day I started writing this group of songs. Enjoy.