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  • Welts
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    Welts

    Toni Morrison died on August 5, 2019 in New York

  • Metaphor
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    Metaphor

    Her nose is like a clove of garlic, her cheeks like halved mangoes, her chin like a hanging swarm of bees…

  • Water
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    Water

    “Be Water!”

  • Selfies
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    Selfies

    These days we live with drones and selfies. We love them both. We are lightly tripping into a new era—let’s call it the hyper-ocular era—when the visual sense is moving at a great pace, spreading, deepening, to the left, to the right, manyfold.

  • Kipandjikusmin
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    Kipandjikusmin

    It is a bad short story, but it was not its literary qualities that condemned it.

  • Woman
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    Woman

    In a remote valley in Maramures, Rumania, on a rise outside the village, stands a wooden church: a black building measuring 8 x 10 meters, which—like other old churches in that area—can be seen from a distance because of its towering spire.

  • Hamzah
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    Hamzah

    You are jealous You are savage I am prey in Your claws

  • Islam
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    Islam

    At a dinner at Princeton University, an eminent European philosopher was sitting next to a Muslim scholar.

  • Precariousness
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    Precariousness

    Where does politics end? In a house and garden in Turkey. At the end of Voltaire’s story, Candide, when the comic novel’s protagonist meets an old man who is living peacefully on a peaceful plot of land.

  • Jon
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    Jon

    “You know nothing, Jon Snow!”

  • Jon
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    Jon

    “You know nothing, Jon Snow!”

  • Nagasasra & Sabukinten
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    Nagasasra & Sabukinten

    AROUND half a century ago, a series of silat (martial arts) stories was published in Yogya, set in 16th century Java and titled Nagasasra dan Sabukinten. The stories, written by S.H. Mintardja, stopped after about 30 titles. Each title sold out. The readership was wide.

  • Prayer
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    Prayer

    Prayer is a becoming.

  • May 20
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    May 20

    SHOES were all the talk. This was Jakarta in the early 20th century. To be precise: shoes were the talk, European schools, Dutch students, non-Dutch students, and behind it all, colonialism.

  • Seduction
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    Seduction

    We return to Homer’s tale—to the story about seas, sailors, singing sirens, and songs causing death.

  • The Dwarf
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    The Dwarf

    The dwarf, the bastard, the eunuch with his falsetto…they are not strong impeccable characters like Diana, the Amazonian with a perfect figure in Wonder Woman, or Clark Kent, the handsome, polite, awkward man who occasionally transforms into Superman.

  • Oceania
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    Oceania

    We are not living in Oceania yet. Almost, maybe.

  • Jesus
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    Jesus

    Poetry moves us when it touches on faith and death.

  • The Caliph
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    The Caliph

    In Najaf, history is built from loss.

  • Daesh
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    Daesh

    God is not in the final bullets of the Islamic State.

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