“I came here to get a PhD in American literature, and here I am, with pictures of American writers on the wall—a chess vendor.”
In my teenage years, through high school, I was an avid chess player. We would spend hours playing chess, reading chess magazines and competing. Believe me, chess can add a lot to one’s life. Unfortunately after the Fischer-Spassky match, my interest waned. The video above is an inside look at another era when a quiet game like chess could affect lives in profound ways.
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Generally speaking, I am a dog lover, but I do like cats as well. I have had a couple of cats as pets and I was very fond of them. I don’t think a cat loves as unconditionally as a dog and they have a tendency to restrict their emotions. I don’t currently have any pets, but I have friends with cats and dogs and I enjoy being a “grandfather” or “uncle” to them. I play, go home and they stay. What could be better?
The Internet reports that a documentary, Kedi and the Street Cats of Istanbul, will be in theaters soon and I thought JBRish readers would enjoy viewing the trailer. There are certain countries around the world that have areas that become known for their affinity toward one animal or another. You may have heard that there is a cat island in Japan so I guess this is a special bond various cultures develop.