Marie Colvin. This woman is amazing. Born into a typical Long Island family and became the American woman who charmed Gaddafi and Arafat. Lived in Paris and London. Criticized machismo male foreign correspondents. Had lots of lovers. Lost an eye in Sri Lanka, 2001. Once walked in the cold and ate peach jam for four days in Eastern Europe in the ’90s. Died covering Syrian revolution this year. Too many facts, but read about her if you want to be impressed.
Entering one of the complex systems of secret tunnels used to move goods in Rafah, a Palestinian city in the Gaza Strip, 2005.
"something about the stillness or my state of mind reminded me of the world’s remarkable capacity to carry on in every place at once."
Marina Keegan, “Winter Break”
Raed Ibrahim, ‘A Touch of Cream Wipes Away the Shame’
“In January this year at the progressive MaKan Art centre in the artsy Weibdeh district of Amman, Raed exhibited his installations entitled: ‘For Every Ailment there is a Remedy’. For this he developed his own pills and medicines that would cure awkward social circumstances, all addressing sensitive topics in Jordanian culture. Each pill bottle was accompanied by a promotional poster all in the satirical genre of the pharmaceutical world, using language that encouraged the view that the bottle and poster were real. His dry-humoured approach, ironically perhaps, saved him from trouble with the authorities.
He created the ‘Virginfinity Creme’, a cream that when used after sexual activity restores the hymen and will “put your worries to an end”. The ‘Araborepressed’ is a pill that gives Arab men a “long and short term sexual suppression cure”. The ‘Gayom’ pill is a pill to make gay people straight. He addresses highly sensitive subjects such as domestic violence with the ‘Discrifem’ pill - a treatment to speed up recovery from the effects of domestic violence. The promotional line reads: “A Pill A Day Makes You Obey”.”
Working my way to get to Amman, Jordan.
“I asked for the moon and I got it: I SLEPT AT THE TOP OF THE EIFFEL TOWER.”
wonderful performance piece, Room With a View, by sophie callee: she slept at top of eiffel tower listening to strangers tell her stories to keep her awake. if the story put her to sleep, the teller was kicked out.