Category Archives: Languages and readings

World Wide Reading for Armenia 2015

~~On April 21, in scores of cities and towns throughout the world, there will be memorial readings commemorating the centenary of the Ottoman genocide of the Armenians.  The readings are sponsored by the World Wide Reading for Armenia 2015 (Berlin) … Continue reading

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Nuri Bilge Çeylan, again

~~Nuri Bilge Çeylan has won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year for his film “Winter Sleep.”  Two years ago, I was introduced to and mesmerized by this film-maker’s work when I saw his “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. … Continue reading

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Hagop Oshagan: Teacher for the generations

~~This photograph is of the Western Armenian novelist Hagop Oshagan with his students, in Jerusalem. The year is unknown. It is one of the very few pictures of Oshagan with his students although it is said that  with them, Oshagan … Continue reading

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Oshagan’s “Remnants”–the Cyprus years

Hagop Oshagan wrote Mnatsortats, whose English translation by G.M.Goshgarian has just been released, in Cyprus between 1926 and 1934.  These years were Oshagan’s most prolific as a novelist.  It was in Cyprus, in a house at the edge of town, … Continue reading

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The Big Bad Armo Show at NYC’s Symphony Space, February 28 & March 1, 2014

* Meet Sossi Hayrabedian–foul-mouthed, bigoted, homophobic, racist.  She is scantily dressed, with tentacular hair and a bone straight finger with which she scolds all those in the audience who are not married– heterosexually, of course; all those who may stray … Continue reading

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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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…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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