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Music: One For The Road

Quoted

Ralph Waldo Emerson on thought and the prison

Truth is our element of life, yet if a man fasten his attention on single aspect of truth, and apply himself to that alone for a long time, the truth becomes distorted and not itself, but falsehood; herein reassembling the air, which is our natural element, and the breath of our nostrils, but if a…… Continue reading Ralph Waldo Emerson on thought and the prison

Politics

Déjà vu and the Tea Party

To be a member of the Know Nothing Party, one had to be ‘a native born citizen, a Protestant, born of Protestant parents, reared under Protestant influence, and not united in marriage with a Roman Catholic’.  In addition, members of the Know Nothing Party had to take a pledge to prevent ‘the insidious policy of…… Continue reading Déjà vu and the Tea Party

Sociology

What Happens When You Google “American”?

‘American’; ‘Native American’; ‘Fat Americans’; ‘Stupid Americans’; ‘American funny’; ‘American people’. Is this what really comes to mind when people think about American identity? Is this an adequate representation of what it means to be an American? Is this how we see ourselves or how other people see us? Click on the image below to…… Continue reading What Happens When You Google “American”?

Poems

Poems: Langston Hughes’ great poem ‘I, Too’

I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong. Tomorrow, I’ll be at the table When company comes. Nobody’ll dare Say to me, “Eat in the kitchen,” Then. Besides, They’ll see how beautiful I am…… Continue reading Poems: Langston Hughes’ great poem ‘I, Too’

Fieldwork

My diary: 1 year, 100 cities, 75 mosques, and one question…

This archive documents my writings from the ‘Journey into America’ book and documentary project.  The writings here are my own personal opinions and don’t necessarily reflect the overall message of ‘Journey into America’.  Most of these entires are ‘notes in the field’, but you may also find published articles.  In addition, included here are short…… Continue reading My diary: 1 year, 100 cities, 75 mosques, and one question…

Politics

Margolis on the clear defeat in Afghanistan

One of my favourite journalists, Eric Margolis, recently published a piece titled ‘Facing the Writing on the Wall in Kabul’.  Here is an excerpt.  Link to article below. The objective of war is to achieve political goals, not kill people. The US goal was to turn Afghanistan into a protectorate providing bases close to Caspian…… Continue reading Margolis on the clear defeat in Afghanistan