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On literally judging a book by its cover and why you should not… or maybe should?

Do you ever read books to understand the other side? I would take a wager and say most of us do not. I mean, why would we? If we believe we're in the right and the other side is wrong (which I think is human nature to some extent; otherwise, can you imagine how life… Continue reading On literally judging a book by its cover and why you should not… or maybe should?

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On the importance of memoirs

I just finished reading Leila Ahmed's A Border Passage last night. For those of you familiar with Leila Ahmed, you're probably thinking "Oh no!" or "Right on!" For those unfamiliar, Leila Ahmed is a controversial figure within Islamic Studies scholarship. Or maybe just with Muslims. I don't know. I honestly haven't really read too much… Continue reading On the importance of memoirs

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Hey, the Oscars are tomorrow! A pseudo-philosophical and nonsensical reflection on pictures in motion

I'm not sure if I would ever be considered an "Artist" by most people I know. For one, my older sister is The Artist of the family (see cow header above, drawn by her) and so whatever I attempt to make will always pale in comparison. But I see writing as an art, which I'm… Continue reading Hey, the Oscars are tomorrow! A pseudo-philosophical and nonsensical reflection on pictures in motion