Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The Myth of ‘Bloody Mary’

 The Myth of ‘Bloody Mary’

 History remembers the English queen as a murderous monster, but the real story of Mary I is far more nuanced.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Memories in Diaspora # 325

 Memories in Diaspora # 325
“ساندویچ نیمه ایرانی- نیمه آمریکایی”


“لیز” چشم هایی عجیب دارد. خیره. ثابت. حریص. او همیشه به غذایم خیره می شود. بعد به لب هایم. بعد به گلویم که چطور غذایم را قورت می دهم.  یکبار آنقدر در موقع گاز زدن به لایه های درونی ساندویچم خیره شده بود که دندان هایم ناگهان کل شدند. فلج شدند و ساندویچ گاز زده نیمه ایرانی- نیمه آمریکایی ام را دو دستی به او تقدیم کردم.

ساندویچ ام طعم ساندویچ های مهاجرانی را داشت که محتویات درونی اش از قسمت لاغر مغازه ها خریداری شده اند. و با طعم نعناع و ریحان و مرزه تازه از باغچه مهاجران، جان تازه ای به خود گرفته اند.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

The Social Dilemma

The Social Dilemma is a 2020 American docudrama film directed by Jeff Orlowski and written by Orlowski, Davis Coombe, and Vickie Curtis. The film explores the rise of social media and the damage it has caused to society, focusing on its exploitation of its users for financial gain through surveillance capitalism and data mining, how its design is meant to nurture an addiction, its use in politics, its effect on mental health (including the mental health of adolescents and rising teen suicide rates), and its role in spreading conspiracy theories such as Pizzagate and aiding groups such as flat-earthers.  

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Nobel Laureate Louise Glück’s Love Poem

by Louise Glück

My body, now that we will not be traveling together much longer
I begin to feel a new tenderness toward you, very raw and unfamiliar,
like what I remember of love when I was young —

love that was so often foolish in its objectives
but never in its choices, its intensities
Too much demanded in advance, too much that could not be promised —


Monday, October 12, 2020

Memories in Diaspora # 324

 Memories in Diaspora # 324



“یک خواب. شاید هم دو تا”

من می دانم که خواب دیده بودم….

(خواهش می کنم نگوئید که چرا همه اش خواب سرهای بریده می بینم. یا بوهایی در خواب می شنوم که همه اش به گوشت سوخته ربط پیدا می کند. باور کنید که من بی تقصیرم! باور کنید که من دلم بیشتر از شما برای شما می سوزد اگر بخواهید این خواب ها را تا آخر دنبال کنید. مگر اینکه آدمی باشید مثل زیگموند فروید یا کارل یونگ که بخواهید از توی آن ها یک چیزبدرد بخوری در بیاورید که مفهوم خواب را برای آیندگان روشن کند!)

بقیه را در لینک بخوانید


An Introduction to the Harlem Renaissance

In the 1920’s, creative and intellectual life flourished within African American communities in the North and Midwest regions of the United States, but nowhere more so than in Harlem. The New York City neighborhood, encompassing only three square miles, teemed with black artists, intellectuals, writers, and musicians. Black-owned businesses, from newspapers, publishing houses, and music companies to nightclubs, cabarets, and theaters, helped fuel the neighborhood’s thriving scene. Some of the era’s most important literary and artistic figures migrated to or passed through “the Negro capital of the world,” helping to define a period in which African American artists reclaimed their identity and racial pride in defiance of widespread prejudice and discrimination.


Saturday, October 10, 2020

Boise Rumi night

 Boise Rumi night series, an insightful event with artists from all parts of the U.S., created by Howard Olivier for Rumi’s 813th birthday.