Saturday, October 22, 2016

All We Have

Their evil is mighty
but it can't stand up to our stories.
So they try to destroy the stories
let the stories be confused or forgotten.
They would like that
They would be happy.
Because we would be defenseless then.
--from Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Some of the American Indian soldiers returning from fighting for the U.S. Army in World War II had grandfathers who had fought against the U.S. Army during the Indian wars on the Great Plains.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Conflated Expressions

Recurring expressions of despair over our collective insanity, followed by ineffective acts of symbolic resistance, are often conflated with organized social movements that achieved tangible results through strategic persistence. This conflation is reinforced by the ruling elite through their charitable grants to the non-profit industrial complex and alternative media.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Naqab Nakba

Mapping My Return: A Palestinian Memoir, reviewed by Sarah Irving for Electronic Intifada, is the story of exile by a refugee from the fertile plains of the Naqab, where his family's fields were plowed by camel. As the son of a paramount chief of the Tarabin Bedouin, Salman Abu Sitta attended university in Cairo, but recalls the attack on his father's home and the Israeli massacres in Gaza.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Mambo Tango

Nurses dance with doctors, nuns dance with God.
--Poet Garcia Madero

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Hidden Truths

It is easier to learn life's lessons from fiction, because it allows one to be impartial about the hidden truths in a story, its plot and its characters as they are revealed.

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Tell-Tale Heart

Meaning in literature should be an undercurrent just beneath the surface.
--Edgar Allan Poe, inventor of the detective fiction genre