Category Archives: Letters and dispatches

To Andalusia..

A slightly revised version of a dispatch originally posted in summer, 2011. Madrid, Barrio of Trafalgar, May 2011 It was Mahmoud Darwish, by his own personal and poetic admission a lover of Andalusia, who said about love—that love is either … Continue reading

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A city, a melody, and the past….

~~My “little” essay, Petite Fleur, has just been posted on The Common. http://www.thecommononline.org/dispatches/petite-fleur~~

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A wayward couple in South America I: Argentina

There are voyages, there are journeys, there are travels, and then there is tourism.  I am not sure which one fits the South American wanderings of my dear friends Rostom Sarkissian and Lilit Baldjyan, but it does not look to … Continue reading

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Between worlds in Morocco…

~~From time to time, I post photographs (and sometimes accompanying texts) from friends and colleagues who are out in the world traveling.  Today’s offering is from a dear friend, Asbed Kotchikian, who is in Morocco.  Here are his images and … Continue reading

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In Jordan: The return of the second native language

You know the moment, an hour or two before you are to land in a country you know well, have left for some time, and are now returning to it.  The country may be your native or adopted homeland; you … Continue reading

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Autumn fading…

~~My little sleepy town of Belmont, MA is nothing to brag about. Yes, it has a reputation as an affluent town. Yes, Mitt Romney lives here and gets his hair cut (and gelled and shined) at the swanky hair stylist … Continue reading

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First loves: Notes on Peter Brook’s “The Grand Inquisitor”

Dear Y., …and so it was that on a rainy Boston evening, we skipped together to the Paramount Theater, battling the puddles and the light snow, to see Peter Brook’s “The Grand Inquisitor.” We were full with food and wine … Continue reading

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