I came across this blog by accident a couple of weeks ago. I like to randomly surf for blogs just to see what’s out there. If I really like something, I might subscribe to it. Although I’ve never done this before, I felt I should write a post on Baratunde Thurston’s goodCRIMETHINK.
I really, really admire this guy! I’m impressed by how he seems to have made a go at his different passions and managed to harmonise them all. He’s a comedian, a good one at that, a political activist and a writer. He has written three books and contributes to a few blogs. His writing and humour are so good, I’m sure his books are well worth reading. So much so, I’m getting one – I’ll do a review here once I’ve read it.
Baratunde reminds me of my cousin Fari. He was a little older than me and he was good at everything I aspired to. Fari was definitely the cool big brother you wanted to be like. In the same way, Baratunde’s has inspired me. I’m never going to be a comedian, but now that I’ve seen what he is doing, I’ve got fresh impetus for my thing. He’s got me thinking about what I want my brand of activism to look like and has reminded me that it is possible to do something big without losing the essence of who I am. All I need to do is figure out what that is.
I highly recommend this site. Even if politics isn’t your thing, or if you strongly disagree with his views, you’ll probably still enjoy finding out what he has to say.