In 2007, David Zoby went on an academic tour of Syria. He admits he was kind of a fraud, but he went anyway.
Allison Mc Nearny seeks out the history of these glorious Easter gifts.
“Bakers, Grand Mufti, Bashar al-Assad, Epictetus, Rumi, butchers, lecture halls, Syrians, Battle of Kadesh, Damascus, calf brains, strawberry shisha, goblet drums, lovemaking, Christian Quarter, Qur’an, Bedouin encampments, tiny backpacks & Islam.”
“People insist that only an idiot would move from the land of the dollar to the 68-times-weaker rupee.”
“It makes sense that a person would come from another culture and do their poems, because everybody at Elko thinks they’re from another culture.”
Circus work can be punishing, and for the performers of Cirque de Soleil, extreme safety measures don’t always prevent fatalities.
“Stronger Together,” the Clinton-campaign slogan, sounded more like an invitation to join a food co-op than a call to arms.
“When we use Nazi imagery to describe Trump, nuance is lost.”
“We just want a normal life. We are here for survival.”
“The number of migrants crossing illegally from Mexico to the U.S. has declined dramatically. Yet the rugged borderlands of southern Arizona have become a death zone.”