Living in the Gyre


These are treacherous times. We have to put one foot in front of the other, and try not to slip. These are anxious times. We have to close our eyes, count to ten, pray, meditate, take deep breaths. These are angry times. We have to hold onto our reason; some people have abandoned theirs, and … More Living in the Gyre

“Or Does It Explode?” On the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s Death


Originally posted on Destructive Anachronism:
As I’m sure most of you are aware, today marks the fiftieth anniversary since the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, where he had been since 18 March assisting the sanitation workers striking for better pay and working conditions. King, whom…

Remembering on November 11: The Old World, and the “New”


Today was Remembrance Day in the UK (always a Sunday). It’s a weekend when football fans have to momentarily stop their chanting as the Last Post is played on a bugle before every match. Then, after two minutes of echoing silence, the cheering is louder than before. It’s as if the fans are saying: “Well, … More Remembering on November 11: The Old World, and the “New”

Book Review: The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam


This novel is a sequel to “A Golden Age,” which I reviewed on an earlier page. “The Good Muslim“ continues the story of one family – an intense, deeply personal story of the enduring pain and sacrifice of a bitter civil war in Bangladesh. It is the second book in a planned trilogy. It’s a story that, it seems, will not … More Book Review: The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam

Fighting on the Home Front


From the outside, the Petchary family’s yard looks calm. Trees sway gently in the beautiful “Christmas breeze.”  Our magnificent guango tree – almost untouched by Hurricane Sandy – stands tall and strong, draped with our purple-flowering vine. The sweet sounds of Sigur Ros (my favorite band – Icelandic post-rock), Caetano Veloso and others float from the … More Fighting on the Home Front