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chris-bohjalian's picture
Sep.05.2013
A child brings two heavy buckets of water into the home of a strange old woman and discovers there a wall of cages with dogs trapped inside – and a small carpet on the floor that has been woven from dog fur. A nine-year-old girl refuses to go to bed, reducing her parents to tears of happiness. . ....
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Jun.08.2013
A woman I met last month in southeastern Turkey is going to die, probably sometime soon. Asiya’s death will not be covered by any news service, and for all but a few people in her small village of Chunkush, she will not be missed. Even the relatives who love her will probably think to themselves,...
chris-bohjalian's picture
Jun.02.2013
HERE’S THE setup: A Coca-Cola bottle falls from a low-flying airplane over an undeveloped corner of Africa. How undeveloped? The local tribesman who finds it — as well as the rest of the villagers — have no idea what it is and presume it’s a gift from the gods. Unfortunately, the empty bottle...
mark-gillispie's picture
Feb.20.2013
  I couldn't help but chuckle when I learned this morning's Mass would be said in honor St. Blaise, the patron saint of throat illnesses. As a child, I can remember the priest touching my neck with the two crossed candles that is the blessing of the throat. St. Blaise, so the story goes, saved...
chris-bohjalian's picture
Nov.04.2012
This Tuesday it all comes to an end: The Presidential election cycle that kicked off with great fanfare about the same time that Ronald Reagan was playing George Armstrong Custer in the movie, “Santa Fe Trail.” Obviously I’m kidding. It only seems like President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt...
red-room-well-red's picture
Jul.01.2012
Please join Red Room as we celebrate the Year of the Armenian Book. 2012 is the 500th Anniversary of the Armenian printing press, which has played a significant role in preserving and transmitting the Armenian language, faith and culture. The 500th Anniversary also coincides with UNESCO’s...
chris-bohjalian's picture
May.27.2012
Last week I shared with you that earlier this month I was traveling in Lebanon. I was also in Armenia. I am half-Armenian, and after the death of my father last summer, I felt an inexorable tug to stand on Armenian soil and gaze at (among other landmarks) Mount Ararat. Some of you have asked me who...
dale-estey's picture
Jan.11.2011
I had actually wanted to use wine as the commodity in my historical 'onion' novel. I like wine, I like the ceremony of wine, I like the variety of wine, I like the creation of wine, I like the history of wine. But wine was neither old enough in history for my purposes, nor was it universal. Ales...
pat-montandon's picture
Jan.24.2010
A BIG HOORAY to George Clooney who organized the Hope For Haiti fundraiser Friday night. Not only was it for an important cause to aid the devastated earthquake survivors, but it was massively entertaining, as well. And salutes to Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, CNN's Anderson Cooper,...
karen-topakian's picture
Jan.19.2010
 Three years ago today an assassin's bullet killed Hrant Dink. Three shots fired into the back of his head. Hrant Dink, Turkish-Armenian, journalist, editor-in-chief and one of the founders of Agos, the first Armenian-Turkish newspaper published in Turkey, died in broad daylight on the streets of...