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The review by Steven Shaviro intrigues me.

I definitely need to read this, Schroedinger’s Ball, by Adam Felder. Reviewed by Richard Eder.
“As for a message, I suppose it would be, “Uncertainty transfigures.” To be taken no more seriously, and perhaps no less, than the “love will find a way” of a Strauss or a Franz Lehar. Which is also Mr. Felber’s message, come to think of it.”
Do I resemble myself? Perhaps this kind of thing is what’s being represented in the tattoo on Arzu’s arm:


I bought a book of his the other day, haven’t got to it yet: All Families are Psychotic. It might be more uplifting than John Berger (last/next post).
and here’s this link to his film notes on the upcoming, Everything Gone Green.
He was also profiled for “JPod” in the Time Out magazine I picked up for July’s events in Istanbul. Pretty good media saturation, eh? 🙂

Gertrude Stein, “no answer”
smog buster
“Love is a revolutionary act.” ~ Barbara Love
The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time and the Texture of Reality by Brian Greene.

Yasser sends this New Left Review article about his father, Abd al-Rahman Munif, explaining “It’s almost an accurate account of Munif’s work and political views.” This leaves one to wonder where it is off! But for a generally naive american like myself, it looks like quite an impressive corpus demonstrating a good deal of personal courage.
Mr. Munif died a year ago.
The author of this piece, Sabry Hafez, makes many laudatory claims: they convince me I ought to read at least some of these works. For instance, “Ard al-Sawad is by far the best Arabic novel on Iraq.”
Here and Now is a hospital in Prague where ex-political prisoners are sent by their parties for treatment, to seek a cure for their bodies and souls. The hospital, however, is no isolated cosmos, but a locus of contending forces in which external political powers are also at work.”
Munif is most famous for Sharq al-Mutawassit, East of the Mediterranean, “whose public impact was deep and immediate.”
A close second for fame might be the quintet, Cities of Salt, which Hafez describes as “construct[ing] a fictional universe of remarkable imaginative coherence that is a passionate cry against what Munif once called the trilogy of evils afflicting the Arab world&emdash;rentier oil, political Islam and police dictatorship&emdash;and a profound call for justice and freedom.”
A World without Maps offers a fresco of a huge city that has descended into obscurity and chaos.”
Endings remains one of the most advanced fictions in contemporary Arab literature.”
Hin Tarakna al-Jisr (When We Abandoned the Bridge, 1976), already showed his restlessness and capacity for formal reinvention.”

Truth or fiction? This fictionalized memoir, The Ruins of California is posed as fighting to protect the truth in opposition to presenting fiction as a memoir embellishing the truth.

There are a couple of articles that might be of interest in this online journal, especially if I manage to do more work with organizations and/or institutions.
posted by Suely to air-l Digest, Vol 18, Issue 14

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
Note: 27 January 2006: he’s a liar.
The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn by Janis Hallowell.

Here’s a new documentary described as (imagine!) “a successful human rights movie. We’ll have to see to it to believe it.

a random appearance as I googled something else: review

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