Category Archives: From My Files

…past writings

Ara Oshagan’s work on Social Documentary website

~~Ara Oshagan, my cousin, good friend and partner in profound silliness, is the featured photographer on the Social Documentary website for his work on juvenile prisons in California. I have featured Ara’s work on this blog before, twice. ~~ Here … Continue reading

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From the archives: Paradjanov

Paradjanov’s Home of the Imagination ~~James Steffen, friend and colleague, informs us on his FB page that today is Paradjanov’s ninetieth birthday.  Steffen is the author of the recently published The Cinema of Sergei Paradjanov. So, this is an opportune … Continue reading

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Syria, Syria, nothing but Syria…

~~As the talk of attacking Syria intensifies, I am re-posting Darwish’s poem, “I Rememberal-Sayyab” which Darwish wrote on the eve of the Second Gulf War.  This translation appeared in the June 24 issue of the London Review of Books.~~ ~ … Continue reading

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From my Files: Songs from the Streets: A Charles Aznavour Story

The article that follows was published (with different visuals) in August 1993, in Armenian International Magazine.  Warning: Some of the material here (related to Armenia) is woefully dated.  In the last 15 years since its publication, a great deal has … Continue reading

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From my files: Vahé Oshagan, Toward Life (Tebi Gyank)

Vahé Oshagan’s poem Դէպի Կեանք (Toward life) was completed in 1983 and published in 1991.  To my knowledge, the following is its first English language translation from the Armenian to be published separately anywhere. ~~~ TOWARD LIFE by Vahé Oshagan … Continue reading

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From my files: Review of “The Swallows of Kabul,” by Yasmina Khadra

The recent success of the film Of Gods and Men, which is set in Algeria in the 1990s when the country was gripped by a civil war between an Islamist insurgency and the government, prompted me to re-read a review-essay … Continue reading

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From my Files: Paradjanov’s Home of the Imagination

~~Over the years, I have penned some half a dozen pieces of writing about Sergei Paradjanov, the great Soviet-era film-maker, collage artist, and political trouble-maker and renegade. Below is a review I wrote for artsMedia, a Boston news magazine which … Continue reading

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