Monday, July 31, 2006

The weight of words

This was in the Los Angeles Times yesterday (reported by the AP): "In Iran, Pizzas Will Now be Called Loaves". They're getting rid of foreign words that have inundated their language. "'Chat' will become 'a short talk.'"

Also, a photo ran of a man in Tyre, Lebanon, gathering his books strewn about from a bombing. There is so much about the war that saddens me, but I had to cut this image out of the paper. It's on the wall above this computer. Such a visceral image.

5 comments:

IRENE said...

Barbara,
Have you seen Francois Truffaut's "Fahrenheit 451" or the Ray Bradbury novel on which it was based?
I am so very fascinated by the idea of the people/book!

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett said...

Yes, I have and I always found it incomprehensible, living during a time when books were actively destroyed.

Victor Infante said...

It's like the Iranian answer to Freedom Fries!

IRENE said...

It is frightening, isn't it? But there is hope,as long as people keep thier minds open and question what happens around them.

Deborah said...

When I was a child I saw Fahrenheit 451, I was perhaps 7 years old, my big sister took me. We didn't pick the movies we saw then, we just went to see whatever was playing. I had no idea what the movie was about, but those images of books being gathered to be burned were singed in my memory. As I grew, I coveted books knowing their precarious status...