Category Archives: Languages and readings

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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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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The Cinema of Sergei Parajanov by James Steffen

~~Sergei Paradjanov was one of the most original film-makers of Soviet cinema. He was also one of the most vulnerable to ideological assaults that tried to interpret his illusive, highly stylized body of work to fit a certain agenda. These … Continue reading

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First loves: Gare St Lazare Players Ireland does Godot in Boston

This afternoon, as the lights of the Paramount went on for the intermission of the last Boston performance of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot, the woman in the seat in front of me turned round and said, “I thought the … 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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In Memorium, Mahmoud Darwish: 1941-2008

~~Today–a rainy day in Boston– is the fifth anniversary of Mahmoud Darwish’s death.On this occasion, I am re-posting an excerpt from his Under Siege, which I co-translated.  This will be followed by a translation from Darwish by Fady Joudah, which … Continue reading

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Aris Janigian reads from his “This Angelic Land” in Belmont, MA

~~I had heard about Aris Janigian’s writing from friends in Los Angeles, and had read the fine essay about his latest novel, This Angelic Land, in a recent issue of the “Los Angeles Review of Books. ”   I went … Continue reading

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