Yesterday the most delightful little surprise landed in my inbox: an invitation to appear at a cultural festival in Italy “featuring influential authors and journalists from all over the world.”
At first I thought, there must be some mistake. I mean, I have a BLOG. I write about googlies.*
But … wOOt!!
This annual festival, which is organized by the Italian newsmagazine Internazionale, attracts around30,000 people [!] and is scheduled to be held in town called Ferrera, in northern Italy, the first weekend in October. Past guests include Noam Chomsky, Roberto Saviano [who had to go into hiding after writing Gomorrah: Italy’s Other Mafia as the mobsters threatened to take him out] and Arundhati Roy, author of one of my very favourite books, one of the few books I’ve read twice [and cried both times], The God of Small Things. This year they’re going to be featuring Iceland’s economic meltdown, which is where YT and the Weather Report come in.
Meanwhile, last night I had dinner at my favourite restaurant, Sjávarkjallarinn, courtesy of two Norwegian journalists [hi Hendrik and Christian!] who are here to write stories about our current predicament. I’ve got an interview scheduled for Saturday with the Swiss daily Neue Zuercher Zeitung [their Nordic correspondent is here, hi Ingrid!], and on Monday this blog will be featured in the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, in a section called “Wie die Welt bloggt” [hi Gunnar!].
Back in October 2004 as I sat in my little office, bored with filing my nails and playing Snood and wondering what sort of distraction I could come up with next, it never would have occurred to me that this little blog I was about to start would eventually lead to all this and more. But then I never could have envisioned the kreppa, either, which is in large part responsible for all the publicity this blog has received.
The Icelanders, in jest, refer to World War II as “the blessed war” because it brought them so much prosperity. From now on I think I will refer to the kreppa as “the blessed kreppa“.
TODAY FELT LIKE THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER
It was just so beautiful. This morning there was this gentle sunshine, mild temperatures and absolutely NO WIND, which as most of you know is virtually unheard of up here on the ice cube. The sea was this gorgeous iridescent blue and smooth as glass. Everyone was talking about the weather … I went to my dentist, and she remarked “at least we still have this“. Right now 4°C [39F], sunrise was at 5:52 am, sunset at 9:05 pm.
* Which reminds me, it’s been a while.