Category Archives: Rx for Maladies

Today I went to the post office…

Today I went to my local post office. I mailed a letter to France. The letter was in an envelope that bore the handwritten address on its face. I placed a $1.35 stamp in the right hand corner; it’s an … Continue reading

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In Split, Croatia

~~My friend and colleague A.S. wrote today from Yerevan: “We all live for great food, great stories (to be encountered during our journeys anywhere), and great conversations,” all of which converge when we travel. The story of the day for … Continue reading

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From the Archives–travel: Spain 2

~~ This essay was originally on June 4, 2011, shortly after we had visited Sacromonte inAndalusia.  It was later published on the blog of the radio program “On Being.”  ~~ The Trail to Sacromonte The road may be—and almost always … Continue reading

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Englishing Krikor Beledian

Krikor Beledian is the preeminent Western Armenian man of letters: literary critic, novelist, poet, Beledian has been writing prolifically since the mid 1960s.  Difficult, complex, even “unreadable” by some, Beledian’s writing resists quick passage– from its native Western Armenian to … Continue reading

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Mahmoud Darwish at 75

~~If Mahmoud Darwish were alive, he would be 74 years old today.  That is the best beginning for a blog about Darwish on the occasion of his day of birth.  As the platitude goes, Darwish lives in his poems, but … Continue reading

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Gentle Wind of Ramallah

Last summer, Harvard Bookstore, in Cambridge, MA, sent out a call for submissions for an anthology of travel essays to be compiled, printed, and exhibited by the venerable bookstore.  My essay on Ramallah, Palestine, was chosen to be included in the … Continue reading

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Getting lost in Mount Auburn Cemetery on a late autumn afternoon…

It’s a yearly ritual–this walk in Mount Auburn Cemetery, when autumn is at its glory, but winter is close.  It was such an afternoon–windy and biting–yesterday’s warmth having given way to more cold day.  The cemetery was quiet, save the … Continue reading

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