Photographs. Anecdotes. And observations on Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Novel is the life of the People.

"I see literature as story and characters. Literature should be enjoyable...(however) A novel is the life of the people. Similar to our daily life but more profound, more significant, and more beautiful...Because I am against the schools of fiction that write away from life."

Quote by Alaa Al Aswany in the article Writing the Revolution.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Five Pictures in Hope of Endless Travel: The Isle of Skye.

Climbing to the Old Man of Storr.

Look familiar? Look above at the title of the blog. This photo was taken six years later.

In Portree, Looking out and into the bay.

Rogue Lorrie muffler. Even junk looks beautiful in Scotland.

Edinburgh Castle.

October, 2010. All photos by M.C..

Saturday, December 24, 2011

"The Placebo Effect."

"In most cases, the larger the pill, the stronger the placebo effect. Two pills are better than one, and the brand-name pills trump generics. Capsules are generally more effective than pills, and injections produce a more pronounced effect than either. There is even evidence to suggest that the color of medicine influences the way one responds to it: colored pills are more likely to relieve pain than white pills; blue pills help people sleep better than red pills; and green capsules are the best bet when it comes to anxiety medication."

Excerpt from The Power of Nothing by Michael Specter.

Friday, December 9, 2011

War is the most concrete thing there is.

Nowadays in Sarajevo death is all too easy to imagine and is itself continuously, intensely present, but back then the city was fully alive, both inside me and outside me. Its indelible sensory dimensions, its concreteness, seemed to defy the abstractions of war. I have learned since then that war is the most concrete thing there is, a reality that swallows all, easily overriding any other mode of existence and levelling both interiority and exteriority into the flatness of a crushed soul.

Excerpt from "Mapping Home" by Aleksandar Hemon.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Untitled: January Ninth, 2000.

Through the fog, driving
My hands smell of salt water
The grit between my fingers
As if I had swam today
But it is my own precipitate:
Sweat, old sweat.

The fog comes and goes
A wind tunnel
But there is no sound of wind
But rather music, faint, crackling
A bass tone, drowing out
And the fog comes again.
I pass through.

Walt Whitman visited me in a dream.
I told someone sitting beside me
That he had lived through the Civil War
Like I lived through the fog.
Walt Whitman looked at me
his outdoorsman yet feminine beard
was grey and he had a lisp.
He said: "I stop somewhere waiting for you"
But all I found was the fog.

The fog deep in the ins and outs of others
Those like myself who had
"Had the experience but missed the meaning."

Fog is in the inside of the telephone wires
A sigh on one end
The mumbling of words that cut on the other
Like a car passing through the fog
Or a boat like an arrow.

M.C-Journal entry, 1/9/00.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A tree: My old amigo.

Striding up to a cedar, he patted the rough trunk as if it were an old amigo. "This tree is a relative," he said. "It has feelings like we do, so it should be treated with respect. If you make tea from the bark of this tree, it has a lot of power. It's good for colds and respiratory problems. But if you don't ask permission before you cut the bark, it may not work. So I always say a little prayer so the tree knows I'm serious and I want to share its power. 'Give me your strength for healing,' That's what I ask."

Excerpt from "What became of the Taino" by Robert M. Poole

Friday, November 18, 2011

Was Qaddafi all that bad?

"The worst thing that Qaddafi did was that Abu Salim thing," he said, referring to the 1996 massacre. "I mean, killing a bunch of prisoners in the basement of a prison, that's not nice, but, you know, these things can happen. All it takes is for someone to misinterpret an order--you know what I mean? Yes, the students were hanged in the seventies, and there was Abu Salim, but there was not much else. The secret police was around, but it wasn't too obtrusive. If you got thrown in prison, they allowed your family to visit and bring you couscous."

Excerpt from John Lee Anderson's article King of Kings. Above, an interview with a friend of the Qaddafi's.