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 2008 April - Miscellaneous Debris – Archive

פוסטים מחודש April, 2008

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25 Apr 2008

(This entry was originally locked for LJ-friends only, but I decided that it’s unnecessary. The worst that can happen is that my mom reads this [Hi, mom!] and I can live with that)There are three things I remember about my first kiss. I remember the pain in my neck, sharp and insistent. I was sitting […]

Under the Influence

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25 Apr 2008

I have never done anything under the influence of alcohol. I have done things under the influence of joy. I have done things under the influence of ecstasy.I have done things under the influence of sadness. I have done things under the influence of loneliness,                                                                               self-consciousness, and fear and filth and cowardice and shame. I have done […]

Future Perfect

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20 Apr 2008

Whatever happened to the space program? Moon landings? Manned probes to the outer planets? Have we given up finding use for them? Do our solutions turn inwards, or are we so troubled with immediate threats that we can’t even look up anymore? Almost 40 years ago, a man first walked on the moon. That man […]

Slipping away

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20 Apr 2008

Too much I want to read. Too much I want to write. Too much music to listen to, friends to talk to, work to do, schoolwork to learn, places to be. I want to do it all – they’re not chores, none of them. They’re all things I want to do. Food to eat, booze […]

Letter to the Galatians

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19 Apr 2008

Galata is across the Golden Horn, very different from Sultanahmed’s twisting alleys and tourist traps. First thing that greets me is the underground shopping mall, crammed tight with consumer electronics and handguns, one shop next to the other, each proclaiming new sales, new models, just for you. Outside two young men push their cart and […]

Dylan on Dylan

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18 Apr 2008

15 pages into Dylan’s Chronicles and the prose is dense, like poetry. Lively as a newly-written narrative, not 40-year-old memories. You can find echoes of his lyrics, from Joey to Ballad of Thin Man. That’s how he writes, that’s how he lives. Good start.

Fire in the deeps

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18 Apr 2008

In recent years there have been many discussions of the place of art in everyday life. Should a tool that’s functional also be beautiful? Is there place for art in the workplace? Once we’ve gotten something working well, how much more should we invest in making it pretty? More and more, in the 21st century, […]

Fragments of a Hologram Tulip

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18 Apr 2008

In William Gibson’s Neuromancer, the protagonists take a detour through Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. I can see why. It meshes it wonderfully with Gibson’s claustrophobic oldnew dystopia. Narrow streets, winding, rising, falling, interlocking. Old shops selling leather goods, silversmiths, hookahs. Children’s clothing, leather goods, Turkish delight. Spices, doner-kebabs, leather goods. Vendors outside storefronts playing backgammon tossing […]

Outside, looking in

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18 Apr 2008

Japanese tour guides are in something of a pickle in this Mediterranean weather. It’s too hot an dry for rain, but what will they raise up in the air to lead their group but an umbrella? Well, they find a way. Sometimes they carry an umbrella anyway. Sometimes they find substitutes. Long sticks with something […]

At the Hagia Sophia

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18 Apr 2008

They are a humble people, the Christians. A cheek-turning, brother-loving, genuflecting lot. How appropriate, then, that in order to share their humility with all and sundry they would build gigantic, overwhelming, towering edifices to honor their modest carpenter. Oh, but they sure knew how to build, those Christians of old. Vaulted archways 15 stories high […]


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