Monthly Archives: December 2013

Farewell Leo’s Place, hello Harvard Square Mall

~~Yesterday at around 3:00 in the afternoon, Leo’s Place, which was opened in the late 1940s, closed its doors. One of the few remaining establishments of old Harvard Square before the sharks of globalization started buying the Square up in … Continue reading

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…little town of Bethlehem….

This evening, all across what used to be called the Holy Land, Christmas celebrations will be held in ancient, weathered churches.   The most emblematic of these celebrations will, no doubt, be the one held in the Church of the Nativity … Continue reading

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Reprise: Reading Karsh–the excluded and the included

This post is an abridged, slightly revised review that  originally appeared on this blog in December, 2011, on the occasion of an inaugural exhibition of Karsh’s work at the Armenian Library and Museum of America, Watertown.  The occasion for this … Continue reading

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Oshagan in English…

Gomidas Institute has announced the publication of a section from Hagop Oshagan’s novel, Մնացորդաց (Remnants).  The translation is by G.M.Goshgarian who won a PEN Translation Award for his work while it was still in manuscript form. The volume has an … Continue reading

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“Nebraska” — a love-letter to the American heartland

Alexander Payne’s Nebraska is a love-letter to his native state, to a dying way of life, to characters both flawed and uncomfortably familiar, and to a landscape so desolate as to send shivers down your spine.  It is all these … Continue reading

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Reprise: Mandela for the world…

~~As the sad news of Nelson Mandela’s death spread around the world, I could not find one word–not even a word–about Mandela’s unwavering support for the Palestinian struggle for self-determination.  There was talk of how the anti-apartheid BDS movement inspired … Continue reading

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