2017 tidings- The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone, Olivia Laing (2016)

I hope this book is as gratifying as these posts seem to suggest. Brainpickings have linked it to Arendt‘s loneliness and totalitarianism and Virginia Wolf’s loneliness and creativity . One of the most popular BCC culture’s posts was an extract by Laing on Edward Hopper. A book might be recommended by its hyperlinks- who knows. […]

سرقة الأقدار لحكايتنا — Jadaliyya Ezine

تنشط شركات دفن الموتى في هذا الوقت من العام وكأنها تربط غزو الخريف للأشجار بسرقة الأقدار لحكايتنا. فتعلق ملصقات دعاياتها محملة بعروضها المغرية وبطريقة ملفتة للأنظار، تذكرنا بما تحاول ذاكرتنا تجاهله. ويحتد التنافس فيما بينها في تقديم خدماتها حول طرق الدفن المختلفة وتكاليفها التي تتفاوت أسعارها بحسب قدرة الأموات على دفعها. ففي هذا الجزء من… via […]

Mies van der Rohe

After a day when a lot of political and apolitical architecture was being thrown in the air; look at that well written post.. The Charnel-House Lud­wig Mies van der Rohe hardly needs any in­tro­duc­tion to read­ers of this blog, or in­deed to any­one more than cas­u­ally fa­mil­i­ar with the his­tory of twen­ti­eth cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture. Still, […]

Publish or Parish

The third year might be the year of existential questions. The should I stay or should I leave (as if I had a choice: I didn’t bring myself here, I am not deciding on where the wind blows me afterwards). I have been trying to rationalise it in lieu of small talk, whenever someone tries […]

Dust to Fire

Yesterday I started the process of letting go of Dust, I will still be waiting for comments, and will be thinking of other things I need to write about/with dust, but I have finally started thinking of other things as well. I have been thinking of dust, playing with it, avoiding it, and the writing […]