Oh society, what are you reading?

By Sonja Nikcevic

“The masses are stupid.” Unfortunately, this is a sentence I have heard too many times in the world of media and news production. I have even been guilty of thinking it myself, when I moderated comments or published photos of footballers’ naked girlfriends instead of stories about how said footballer played the previous weekend. I grumbled and cursed the masses, but conceded that clicks make money and money makes the world go round. I never really believed in it though. It’s just something you say at work; the whole of humanity can’t REALLY be stupid, can it? Or at least that’s what I liked to believe.

Then, a couple of days ago, I came across a truly tragic infographic, about a slightly different type of written word. You can see it below, possibly the saddest Top 10 ever – the top 10 most read books in the world in the past 50 years. And so I redirect you, and myself, back to the opening sentence – there is obviously something innately and frighteningly wrong with a species that has Shakespeare, the great Russian authors, and libraries full of literary genius, but that picks up Twilight instead.

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The wonders of Eastern European food

(Mainly Serbian, mainly something you don’t want to miss)

By Sonja Nikcevic

I have given myself a complimentary long weekend, and have glorious plans for it. These include seeing everyone and anyone (preferably in my favorite coffee place), dressing up and eating wedding cake, oh, and eating some of the best food in the world. Now, because many have asked, and because everyone needs to know, here are some of the most mouthwatering gems of Serbian and Eastern European cooking.

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Double standards and the crusade against skinny

By Sonja Nikcevic

Remember the good old days when you could make a politically incorrect joke and not be publicly condemned by the ever-present oversensitivity police? Neither do I. This Western by-product of über-tolerance has reached an all-time high and we are being told and telling others (for the most part – rightly) that EVERYTHING is OK. Race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, body types – it’s all acceptable, desirable and a-ok. Everything that is, except being skinny.

Before the 1960’s and all the way back to the beginnings of modern society, curvy and ‘big’ women were all the rage. Remember the original pin up girls, Mairlyn Monroe and pre-Raphelites? There was nothing skinny about them and the world loved it.

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Do you zoo?

By Sonja Nikcevic

I’ll come right out and say it – I love zoos. And because of this, I’ve been to my fair share, local, foreign, big and small. But it’s only recently that I became fully aware of the raging zoo debate. Is it ethical to claim we love animals and then keep them locked, caged and bolted up? Although many might scream ‘No!” right off the bat, there is a lot to be taken into consideration. I won’t pretend I have an answer, or actively take a side, but I also do not plan on stopping my zoo trips anytime soon. If nothing else, I need to keep up with the ‘raging’ debate’, don’t I?

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Proximity explained

by Sonja Nikcevic

We should name this soon has only been open for business for two days, and already, a standard’s been set. The injustice of visas, Obama calling tech service… it’s all there and it’s all fantastically written. This is my crack at keeping the pace up.

I recently upped and moved again, this time to the beautiful city of Hamburg. I’ve spent my first days registering (for everything and anything), chasing Internet connections, exploring, and attempting to sprech Deutsch (at an hour too early to comprehend). The rest of my time, I’ve spent in my miniscule dorm room – shared bathrooms, kitchens and all. Now, what makes all of the above charming as opposed to daunting is the people around me (and Ikea, Ikea helped with the room). In the space of a week, I’ve grown close to people I called friends, but didn’t talk to all that much last year in Denmark. And the reason for it is simple – proximity.

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