Open Talks

Cupping Time

Years ago, growing up and doing a lot of reading, I would quickly get bored with long monologues . Not having the heart to skip them, I would just skim over them, which I found to be a more conscience-friendly way of helping them out that other ear. Today, I'm very picky about what I… Continue reading Cupping Time

Open Talks

Classic meets urban myth

I am a firm believer in language. And roots. Rooted language. And I've been wondering lately about the word "classic" that in my opinion, is one of the words most under attack today. There's  a real prejudice against "classic" {read: old, boring} as opposed to "modern' (read: real, normal}. But -  if you care to… Continue reading Classic meets urban myth

P.S. (Personal Postscriptum on Literature)

P.S. on Leo Tolstoy’s Marriage Diaries

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."  - One of Tolstoy's best-known quotes, for the reason of our universal nodding to it. Surely we know Anna Karenina which birthed it, (or probably vice-versa), we know War and Peace, we may likewise know  his novels and stories - but there… Continue reading P.S. on Leo Tolstoy’s Marriage Diaries

Travel and Life Journals

The Fifth Anniversary

Five years ago today, I made my way home across 8000 km of sky, land, and ocean. I'd been away for 12 years. I sat suspended, tasting the feel of Time on my lips, looking down at retreating lands veiling a future being minutely drawn over with dense cloud coverage. I was but a somnambulist… Continue reading The Fifth Anniversary

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Proust Questionnaire

What do you think of the famous questions dating back to 19th century Salons of Paris,  later given the name of the Proust Questionnaire? Marcel Proust, the great author of  the 7-volume life-long work "In Search of Lost Time" had answered similar questions twice, however without any part in their invention or wording.  I sit, thinking,… Continue reading Proust Questionnaire

P.S. (Personal Postscriptum on Literature)

P.S. on Joseph Brodsky’s ‘In Praise of Boredom’

"Life is worth living, even in a prison cell" said Artur  Rubinstein. These words had always caused conflicting emotions in me. While believing in their completely unhypocritical power, it had always escaped me how they're possible in hard core reality. "Life is worth living, even in a prison cell".  A strong and demanding statement which few… Continue reading P.S. on Joseph Brodsky’s ‘In Praise of Boredom’