Monthly Archives: June 2011

Do You Know the Way to Sacromonte? is now on “On Being” Blog

~~My essay, with photographs by Tamar Salibian, re-titled Do You Know the Way to Sacromonte?, is now posted on the blog of the radio program, “On Being.” An earlier version appeared on Passages Home.  Good reading!~~

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Paris amniotic…

For all its form and structure, its in-your-face attitudes and habits, Paris can also negate all these attributes.  In a single day, in an accumulation of minor events, this city can also tell you (no, whisper to you) that roiling … Continue reading

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Meditation (subverted) on Lucca olives…

I thought when I sat down to write this post that it was going to be another Paris morning–the wild traffic outside, the mad rush of pedestrians, the  greying of the skies. But it did not happen that way.  Be … Continue reading

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The eyes of Granada…

Dale limosna, mujer, que no hay en la vida nada como la pena de ser ciego en Granada. (Give him alms, woman, because there is nothing worse in life than to be  blind in Granada). Francisco Alarcón de Icaza My friend Aukjen … Continue reading

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The trail of Sacromonte…

The road may be—and almost always is—made of our footsteps, but there are places in the world, sacred sites, where arrival is at least equal to the effort of getting there, where our beginnings and our ends do actually know … Continue reading

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To Andalusia…

It was Mahmoud Darwish, by his own personal and poetic admission a lover of Andalusia, who said about love—that love is either the longing for its arrival or the mourning of its loss.  In the poem ‘Intadzerha (Wait for her), … Continue reading

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