Category Archives: Politics

The F-word: Fascism 101

In the past four years, observers of the United States have harbored intense fears that the Trump administration was essentially, or at least substantially, fascist. It’s a loaded and often misunderstood term, and now that we’re on the verge of … Continue reading

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The 2020 Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival: A Roundup

One of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s great charms, and great sources of pride, is its incredible pool of talented actors and filmmakers. I’ve written here before of my love of extraordinary films like Jasmila Žbanić’s “Grbavica,” Aida Begić’s “Snijeg” (“Snow”), Srđan Vuletić’s “Hop, … Continue reading

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Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Last year at this time, I was teaching at the Global Citizens Youth Summit in Tokyo about the idea of “memory as a moral compass,” with special reference to case studies from the history of Japan. Featured prominently in my … Continue reading

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The Toll of Greed and Neglect

The news, images, and stories from Beirut — where an explosion of 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate has left a gorgeous city and countless lives in ruins — are absolutely gutting. My heartbreak turned to fury this morning when … Continue reading

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The Sources of Our Strength

One of the reasons I’ve been writing about — and through — my struggle with cancer is that it reminds me that I’m not alone: I’m not alone in the life-giving sense that so many people are pulling for me, … Continue reading

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What’s Raging Inside

In recent days and in recent posts, I’ve been reflecting a lot on living with sadness and fear. I’ve also felt relief, elation, and profound gratitude as my prognosis has improved dramatically and loved ones have surrounded me with astonishing … Continue reading

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My Review of “ReGeneration” in Oslobodjenje

I’ve got a review of Emir Kapetanovic & Zana Marjanovic’s new documentary film, “ReGeneration,” in the special New Year’s Eve / New Year’s Day edition of Oslobodjenje, Sarajevo’s venerated daily newspaper. You can check it out online here! HUGE thanks to … Continue reading

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At the US Premieres of “ReGeneration”

This week, I got to attend the US premieres of “ReGeneracija / ReGeneration,” an extraordinary new documentary film directed by Emir Kapetanović and produced by Zana Marjanović. It features ten courageous youth “reconciliation ambassadors” advocating for peace in postwar Bosnia … Continue reading

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“Recovery’s Rhythm and Blues” in Numéro Cinq

“Recovery’s Rhythm and Blues,” an essay of mine about an unforgettable road trip through Bosnia and Herzegovina with Goran Simić in the summer of 2014, appeared this week in the Canadian literary magazine Numéro Cinq. The essay is here, free and … Continue reading

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Fresh Wounds, and Sorrow, in Bosnia

Recent, severe flooding in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and neighboring Serbia, could not have come at a worse time. Words fail. If there is hope, it is in the outpouring of compassion, often irrespective of borders, toward the approximately one million uprooted; and … Continue reading

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