Revisiting Patrick Modiano’s Sleeping Memory

But after half a century, the few people who witnessed your early years have finally disappeared – and anyway, it’s doubtful that many of them would make the connection between what you’ve become and the vague image they’ve retained of a young man whose name they might not even recall. Patrick Modiano, Sleep of Memory […]

Stan

Stan

Adversity, if at first you don’t succeed Put your temper to more use ‘Cause bein’ broke’s a poor excuse That should only give you more fuel Show ’em why you’re you – Eminem, Believe – A short tribute to Eminem, the unsung hero of my life, and of many other lives who refuse to let […]

A Tribute to Leonard Cohen: You Go Your Way

A Tribute to Leonard Cohen: You Go Your Way

I would never call myself a great fan of Leonard Cohen – definitely not a fanatic like Eminem’s “Stan” describes. After all, like the endearing Cohen, I never call my prose and poetry works of art. To me, discovering Leonard Cohen (but what rights do I have to use the word “discover”?) is like a […]

#the man who went out in the night

#the man who went out in the night

We never talk about the man who went out in the night, You start the discussion – the one discussion that I never think you would start. I guess the word ‘never’ is a fickle word – a frivolous player who enjoys deceiving young girls’ hearts – but never mind. Do you want to talk […]

The Louki Within

The Louki Within

A review of Patrick Modiano’s “In the Cafe of Lost Youth.” Choosing this book was not my rational decision. It was an impulse one. The news announced that a certain Mr. Patrick Modiano had won the Nobel Prize in literature and as a vain enthusiast of all literary things, I just had to buy the […]

#Postscript 3: “A Rose for Your Pocket,” A Translation

#Postscript 3: “A Rose for Your Pocket,” A Translation

With inspiration from Thich Nhat Hanh’s “A Rose for Your Pocket,” The-My, Pham composed a song with the same title for the Vu-Lan Festival. In a time of political instability, his song resonated with the Vietnamese people and culture, whose respect and love for mothers are a universal truth. As discussed in blog post #5, […]

#5. A Mother’s Day’s Symbol: A Rose for Your Pocket

#5. A Mother’s Day’s Symbol: A Rose for Your Pocket

How can one celebrate Mother’s Day? Perhaps it starts with a sudden notification from the phone’s Calendar. One awakes one early morning, rushing to work, and in between the commute, seeing that May 12th is Mother’s Day. The promotions come in. The planning phase starts with what gifts to buy, where to have a fantastic […]

#Postscript 1: Some Positive Things to Snack On

#Postscript 1: Some Positive Things to Snack On

Positive snacks to munch on. Because you are worth it.

#2. Brunei Boycott, Immigrant Detention: Human Rights vs. Economic Interests

#2. Brunei Boycott, Immigrant Detention: Human Rights vs. Economic Interests

From the Brunei hotels boycott to the arrest of 280 undocumented employees in Texas: a battle between human rights and economic interests.