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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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Flowers: Image and Memory

Today, in the dark-damp gray of late spring, taking comfort in some of my favorite images from the past year. All photographs by the author.

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Misreading Bosnia: Genocide and the Muslim “Other”

On my first trip to Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 2004, a university professor from Sarajevo — a survivor of the Serbs’ relentless siege — asked a devastating question: What other European capital would have been left besieged for so long? As in … Continue reading

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Goran Simić, “Sleeping with Poetry”

Today, a gem: a dazzling, very short essay called “Sleeping with Poetry,” by Bosnian-Canadian poet Goran Simić. Every English class, everywhere, should read it — in my humble opinion. 🙂 An excerpt is below; click on the link above for … Continue reading

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Summer’s End

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A few more images from Sarajevo, in celebration of summer, in celebration of life…. All photographs by the author.

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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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