Category Archives: Literature

A Book Review: The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk

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“In fact no one recognizes the happiest moment of their lives as they are living it. It may well be that, in a moment of joy, one might sincerely believe that they are living that golden instant “now,” even having … Continue reading

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The Move

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As soon as we passed Buena Park, the freeway grew larger, the lines wider, the cars bigger, the palm trees taller, and the lights sped away with a more arrogant glare. Irvine, California was only a few miles farther. Our … Continue reading

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Remembering Les Plesko

http://venice.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/novelist-identified-as-man-who-jumped-from-venice-building-monday?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook Someone told me that as much as Les Plesko’s suicide is a pain we’ll carry for the rest of our lives, but knowing that he is finally free (free from his pain, free from the harsh life, the humiliation, … Continue reading

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The Enemies of Happiness (The beginning chapter of The Suicide Note)

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The Enemies Of Happiness Tehran, Summer 1987 In the first years of war nothing looked like any of the images we’d seen in the movies. Tehran’s trees didn’t grow burnt leaves, or dead dangling legs. The mountains of the north, … Continue reading

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Manos Lindas

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This music inspired me with this visual, these words, this image: There is a man This is a road, walking A road, walking toward the dusk The road, drained, tired The dusk, sweating alone The man, dreaming, His eyes barely … Continue reading

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Salman Rushdie and The Freedom Of Expression

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 On Velentine’s Day of 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against Salman Rushdie for his controversial work, the Satanic Verses.    If Salman Rushdi hadn’t bought a defective alarm clock, we would have never met. On the flight 694 from … Continue reading

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The Silent Growth of Trees (End of Chapter 3)

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On the way back to the detention room, Mr. Farsi and I barely talked, but the coins and the keys ring in his pocket never stopped jingling, and it reminded me of the way Father used to walk, holding his … Continue reading

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