23 May 2007
22 May 2007
today is a refuge from tomorrow
a hiding place from the inevitable
a deceit onto ourselves
an inner clamor towards the unknown
a sinking into distraction
tonight is a flight into our memories
a longing for the anonymous
a weeping for deeper rains
a voiceless song
a slipping into intangibles
this moment is a look into our own faces
the patterns of walls and lost days
singling out that one non-essential
that one lonely morsel of knowing
which no earthly power can exact from our clutched hands
17 May 2007
in Lebanon ..
they are killing each other - - they are killing themselves,
The cartoons of Naji al-Ali are more truthful than ever.
translation: freedom to the political prisoners in israeli jails and jails throughout the arab world.
translation: "the south" (a reference to the south of lebanon.)
translation: the cast and sling together spell the word "NO."
translation: "i think, therefore i am."
translation: we are all for the homeland.
For more on Naji al-Ali, visit my august 11 post.
09 May 2007
08 May 2007
Why should you attend the Allied Media Conference this year?
IT'S IN DETROIT THIS YEAR,
A SENSE OF FREEDOM,
OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN,
OPPORTUNITY TO TEACH,
OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE,
MEET PEOPLE FROM FAR AND WIDE,
REJUVINATE YOUR SPIRITS,
AND SO MUCH MORE.
BUT THE PRIMARY REASON you should come is to check out the BUMPER STICKERS in the parking lot !!
Last June I attended the AMC (took place in Ohio,) and I took loads of pictures of bumper stickers, just for the memory.
Click here for more info on this year's AMC.
Click here for my snapshots of bumper-stickers at last year's AMC.
07 May 2007
What would I like to see in an Americna film? More than enough of the characters played by actors like these. Like a dozen of them. What do you call them? neurotics? method actors? theatrical types? I don't know, I'm no expert.
Ergo, can someone please cast these six together in a film? (I understand that a couple of them may be dead, but I don't see why that should be a problem.)
Below: Jerry Stiller, Esther Rolle,
Mercedes Ruehl, Julie Kavner,
Christopher Walken, Vincent Schiavelli.
06 May 2007
Instructions - -
One Arabic poem combined with one English song: either the Neil Young song that soars above the poem or the Bob Dylan song that slithers beneath the it.
Question is, which song belongs?
ميكانيكية السياسة وعنفوان الناس
لبن شؤم ظن جبن
خوف خون جهل لؤم
كره كيد طمع فقد
شتم سقط ضرب مقت
رذل مكر لهب فخر
عنف كبر شرس عهر
زور حسد دجل طرد
بطش غضب ضد نكد
سلب غصب ضمئ جشع
كذب نهب صخط فجع
فسد سرق حقد يأس
حرم غرق قتل بؤس
05 May 2007
Last month (yes, this post is a little late,) we went to see Marcel Khalife in concert......
We met him in the lobby after the performance....
I brought along my copy of "Ghina'iyat Ahmad Al-Arabi", an album that he recorded maybe 30 years ago......
It comes with a great book that features essays about Marcel's music and Mahmoud Darwish's poetry, photos, drawings, lyrics.
Marcel signed the book, and my aim is to get Darwish to sign it as well. Who can tell me how I can accomplish this?
Open the book......
Pictures of Marcel during a mega-concert in the 70's or 80's....
Umaima Khalil, his co-vocalist on the album, as a teenager when this album was recorded.....
More pictures of populous concerts at the height of the leftist-nationalist-liberationist epoch.....
Poet Mahmoud Darwish.....
Lyrics to "Ahmad Al-Arabi" (which is titled "Ahmad Al-Zaatar" as a poem written by Darwish,) and drawing by Kamal Boulata....
Drawings by others.........
Lyrics in French, and more drawings........