French Friday: Learning languages to see beyond yourself…

I’m scheduling this post ahead of time, since this coming Shabbat is Rosh HaShannah…).

I have always been fascinated by the stories of the Near East, the Middle East, the Fertile Crescent, and especially around the Mediterranean. I love the stories of the 1001 Nights, and listening (though the versions I’m finding seem to be pretty different, with some versions leaving out entire stories, like the famous talking head!) to the web spun by our heroine under pressure is incredible!

I’m absolutely gobsmacked, as I read, of the willingness to potentially sacrifice her own life, taking the risk in order to save all of them, even if it is ‘just fiction,’ it is still very real. I believe that because we see people risk their lives each day IRL, as they now say in the Internet Age, to save other people they have never met. Such heroism has always existed, but rarely been praised in a woman.

And the stories within stories, which seems to have been left out (see September 15th, below…) of the eBook version from Project Guttenberg that I am reading as I listen to the LibreVox/AudioBooks version being narrated. I know that there are many compilations, but I’d have imagined that the Guttenberg version would have been complete. Or perhaps I simply downloaded the first version I saw of this Public Domain work, assuming that there would only be one scanned version: silly me! I’m very glad that the audio version is far more complete!

So far, the Sultan has decided to give our intrepid lifesaving lady one month to live, but he doesn’t tell her that! Talk about living by another man’s leave, as slaves do, and singing, or rather story-telling, for your supper! Wow!!

—This past week’s reading updates:

September 12, 2020 – 27.0% “55ieme nuit, audiobook, mais le xlvi nuit, ebook”

September 14, 2020 – 27.0% “Okay, so who allows himself to be sewn up inside a sheepskin knowing that he’s going to lose the right eye, just to satisfy his curiosity??”

September 15th, 2020 – 30.0% “Voilà la soixantième nuit, dans l’audioBook, ou elle a lu, très belle a mes oreilles, le récit du troisième Calenders, qui va se coucher chaque nuit avec une des 40 dames, mais c’est le LIe nuit dans le eBook écrit, où il n’y a pas de mot sûr ce fait…
60th night in audiobook: sleeps with a new lady/night; not mentioned in written eBook (=51st night…)”

September 17, 2020 – 30.0% “51:25, audio = LII n. eBook: PrinceCalendar #3 solitude… (which is to say, stopped in the audioBook chapter at 51 minutes, 25seconds into the recording, which is the same place in the eBook as the 52nd night. The 3rd Prince is alone, now…”

I am very very thankful that we have libraries, the internet, and kind people who lend their time and talents to teach us and encourage all of us to learn and to wonder. Please join me in wondering, and in learning to build a more hopeful world.

Books, film, and other forms of media, like comic books, aka graphic novels, and music all have a strong effect on how people view the world. So, here are some Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Download some public domain version of a classic book, or grab your favorite version of the The Arabian Nights (yes, I know: the 1001 Nights was by some French guy who made up a few stories and inserted them into older Arabic and Persian stories that may have come from India, but still…) or any other story, in an original language, if possible! 🙂

2.) Read a page,

3.) Share your thoughts on that page, perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a novel that references a classic book, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Other ideas welcome on how to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail, starting with improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure:

1. #libraries,

2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,

3. #UniversalHealthCare, and

4. good #publictransport

Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Walk !

#PublicDomainInfrastructure #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 ShiraDest

my First French Friday, 18 September, 12020 HE

(but scheduled on Sunday, 6 September, almost a week ahead of time…)

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