Category Archives: Autobiography / Memoir

Bosnia: My Food Paradise

Today, pictures of some of my favorite Bosnian food. Some of these photographs are more, um, flattering than others. First, c(h)evapi, the classic beef sausage with onion, fresh cream (kajmak), and fabulous fresh bread (real Bosnians don’t put their cream … Continue reading

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Manscaping

Before Bosnia, I never cared much about flowers, about gardening, about weeding. Now I can’t stop. It’s all Zehra’s fault. She’s the one I sat with, in the tall, shelled apartment complex, drinking coffee, talking about color. Leaning out of … Continue reading

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Ballgame

The summer sun has set, but my son, 5, is shouting for more practice, more pop flies. I insist on a tennis ball. The darkness might fool him, I say, and I don’t want him to take a baseball in … Continue reading

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On W.E.B. Du Bois, Race, and the Mind’s Architecture

The architecture of the UMass Amherst campus can be forbidding. Aging brick and concrete towers testify to aesthetics best forgotten and a budget crisis impossible to ignore. The building that dominates the campus, and its surrounding landscape, is the rectangular, … Continue reading

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Man Enough

We’ve been on the road since June. In the car, odd souvenirs groan — the autographed minor-league baseball helmets, two retired bowling pins, a camouflage basketball, a small library about Bosnia. The dashboard sensor registers its flickering dismay: the trunk … Continue reading

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Of Peace and the Sword: Religion in Bosnia-Herzegovina

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The drive from Tuzla to Srebrenica has become a pilgrimage. Winding along the river Drina, through “cleansed” Republika Srpska, the journey induces sadness and reflection, rage and terror. It is a descent into the darkness of the 20th century. In … Continue reading

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Bosnia Flourishing

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The beauty of Bosnia-Herzegovina can surprise someone visiting for the first time. These are the colors of life, of culture, of dignity and humanity, quietly reasserted after the genocidal war on Bosnia. When I look at these images, love overwhelms … Continue reading

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