On Philosophy

I’m reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being (in translation to Arabic) right now and it opens with a reference to Nietzsche. “Daniel,” I asked, “What is it people find so appealing about nihilism anyway?…It’s just kind of meaningless.” ….. Get it? lol. Happy friday to all.

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Getting books in a foreign language, and other notes.

Pictured is my current “to-read” list. As I’ve mentioned, part of my autodidact degree is reading books translated into Arabic, an easier way to gain facility with reading comfort than reading books written in target language. The literary + cultural patterns of western-euro-language books are familiar, etc, etc. It has continually surprised me what a challenge it is to…

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Actual Understanding

As usual we brought a stack of books with us this trip.  On the plane I was reading طعام…صلاة…حب  – that’s Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, in translation. I’ve read it before, of course, but in English, and long before I was married. Generally, it’s right at the edge of my reading level in…

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This Just In:

I’m very excited to finally announce the release of Dead Still Dream, a book of poetry by Kifah Abdulla, and translated to English by me. The book itself is dual language, with Arabic and English on facing pages. Daniel did the book design, which as you can imagine posed unusual challenges: he couldn’t read or really even make changes to half…

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Writing + Reading on Paper

When I write by hand, I censor myself less.  Somehow the very act of writing on a computer, which is not truly a private space, causes me to write cautiously. So, while I do edit out the inflammatory bits prior to publishing, writing by hand allows me to better recognize my own thoughts and the…

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Constant Change

Portland, Maine will soon have two rocks gyms.* I find this astounding for our little city of 60k people. I climbed a whole bunch as a teenager, but I was never really sure if I liked climbing, or if I just liked my then-boyfriend, he who lived to climb. On the prompting of a friend,…

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Weekend Marriage

Sign up to receive an email every time a new blog post or video is published. On vacation, I love to read pop psychology.  Or pop-evolutionary-psychology.  Like this book Sex at Dawn.  Basic premise:  like the animals most similar to us, Bonobos and Chimps, humans exhibit a lot of physical, mental, and emotional markers of…

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Paradigm Shifts / part 1 / Money

I noticed my brain started to work a little differently when I hit 30 or 31.  Ideas that had been abstract started to form with more clarity, and theories started to connect.  My brain worked better. In a culture that highlights youth and prodigy, it’s interesting to realize, personally, that my twenties were hardly my…

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Prose & Subjectivity

During my most recent library trip (the same one in which I picked up piles of books on pitching books) I checked out “Good Prose:  the Art of Nonfiction” by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd.  It had a pretty cover.  Unbeknownst to me at the time, I’ve read two other books by Kidder, one recently. …

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