Category Archives: From My Files

…past writings

From my files: Hagop Oshagan: December 9, 1883-February 17, 1948

The Armenian novelist, literary critic, dramatist, and historian of literature Hagop Oshagan (1883-1948) stands at the juncture where Western Armenian culture ends and that of the Armenian diaspora begins. His life and literary output straddle the rural world of his … Continue reading

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From my Files: Aleppo–sublime city of vernacular beauty

Note:  I wrote this article in 2005 after yet another visit to the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.  I tried unsuccessfully at first to place it with an US publication. In the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, US … Continue reading

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From my Files: Translating Darwish

(This post originally appeared in The Nation, February 11, 2002, under the title “Lines Beyond the Nakba.” It’s a review-essay of  The Adam of Two Edens, a collection from Mahmoud Darwish, edited by Munir Akash.  Syracuse University Press.) ~~~ Mahmoud … Continue reading

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Darwish: If You Were Not the Rain, My Love

  If you were not the rain, my love, then be the tree Saturated and bountiful, be the tree. And if you were not the tree, my love, then be the stone Saturated and moist,  be the stone. And if … Continue reading

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From my Files: Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s “Intimate Portraits, Anonymous Crowds”

(This review originally appeared in the March 2002 issue of artsMedia, a Boston arts magazine which has since ceased publication.) Intimate Portraits, Anonymous Crowds Philip-Lorca diCorcia at the Barbara Krakow Gallery, March 2002 The photographs which make up this exhibition … Continue reading

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