I had a moment with my culture yesterday. I sat down with my books, games, DVDs and CDs and told them that I was leaving to become a nomad and that I couldn’t take them with me, no matter how much I love them. They cried and wailed, but once the sobs subsided, I asked them what they wanted to do with their new freedom. I wasn’t surprised when the books said ‘Be read!’, the games said ‘Be played!’, the DVDs said ‘Be watched!’ and the CD’s said ‘Be heard!’. Like us humans, culture just wants to be loved.
I said that I would sleep on it. This morning when I woke up, I found the books crowding my bed, the DVDs lined along my windowsill, the games piled up on my nightstand and the CDs stacked next to my pillow. They had been up all night, printing and gluing stickers on themselves that declared them members of the newly formed Society of Nomadic Culture (SoNC). The stickers also asked any person who found members of SoNC to enjoy them and then leave them in a new exciting place for someone else to find. In this way, they get to travel the world, just like me.
I saw conflicting emotions on their sticker-decorated covers. I saw excitement there, sure, but also sadness. I knew that mix of feelings. It is the same I’ve felt every time I’ve said good-bye to a friend. I won’t go into the details of our farewell. It’s to personal. All I will say is that I’m happy for them, and proud, but I also feel a bit lonely now that they are gone. I will miss them terribly.
If you find one of these little guys, please, take good care of them. Enjoy their stories and their songs. When the time comes for them to leave, don’t try to keep them for yourself but let them go. Help them get to a nice coffee shop or maybe an airport – wherever they want to go – and leave them there. The sticker on them will explain to the next person who picks them up what they are all about, and so it will go on, hopefully forever. Finally, I would love to know where my beloved culture have been and the people they’ve met, so please leave a comment below saying where you met, what you did together and where you left them.
What is the latest news from the Society of Nomadic Culture?
This is where I will track the movements of SoNC. Every time I edit the text below with the latest findings, I will also post a comment to say so. You can subscribe to be told when that happens. That way you know when to check back.
There are in total 85 books, 33 DVDs, 9 games and 5 CDs in circulation. For the full listing of them, please see this spreadsheet.
So far, the members of SoNC have not gone far. Some of them were taken during the big Give-Away party. Some I’m taking with me to Sweden to read. One has been found by a girl who has taken her DVD to Sweden. Who knows where it will end up.
I had a lot of fun, walking around and leaving books in increasingly odd places. I’ve included some photos of that below.