Astral Traveling



Notes on a Foreign Country: a partial bibliography

The book in question is Suzy Hansen’s Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World.

Hansen, Suzy. Articles in New York Times,, The National, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bookforum, London Review of Books, the Baffler

Kinross, Patrick. Ataturk.

Baldwin, James. Nobody Knows My Name.

—. No Name in the Street.

—. The Fire Next Time.

—-. Giovanni’s Room.

Shamsie, Kamila. “The Storytellers of Empire.” Guernica, 2/1/2012.

Lears, Jackson. Rebirth of a Nation

Wideman, John Edgar. “Whose War.” Harpers, 2/2002.

“Sex and Power in Turkey: Feminism, Islam and the Maturing of Turkish Democracy.” European Stability Initiative, June 2007.

Altinay, Ayse Gul. The Myth of the Military Nation.

Parnuk, Orhan. Snow.

—-. Istanbul: Memories and the City.

—. The Black Book.

—-. Other Colors.

—-. Museum of Innocence.

Tanpinat, Ahmet Hamdi. A Mind at Peace.

O’Neill, Joseph. Blood-Dark Track.

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Americanah.

Hamid, Mohsin. The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

Zaborowska, Magdalena. James Baldwin’s Turkish Decade.

Williams, William Appleman. The Tragedy of American Diplomacy.

Grandin, Greg. The Empire of Necessity.

Saunders, Frances Stonor. The Cultural Cold War.

Bennett, Eric – “How Iowa Flattened Literature.” Chronicle of Higher Education, 2/10/2014.

Bennett, Eric.  Workshops of Empire.

Calvino, Italo. Hermit in Paris.

Camus, Albert. American Journals.

Paz, Octavio. The Labyrinth of Solitude.

Manto, Saadat. Letters to Uncle Sam. 

Gilman, Nils. Mandarins of the Future.

Shah, Hermant. The Production of Modernization.

Hunt, Michael. Ideology and US Foreign Policy.

DeLillo, Don. The Names.

Weiner, Tim. Legacy of Ashes.

Gleijeses, Piero. Shattered Hope: The Guatamalan Revolution.

Von Tunzelmann, Alex. Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder and the Cold War in the Caribbean.

Grandin, Greg. The Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America in the Cold War.

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia. The CIA in Latin America.

Shahid, Anthony. Night Draws Near.

El Saadawi, Nawal. The Nawal El Saadawi Reader.

Makdisi, Ussama. Faith Misplaced.

Munif, Abdelrahman. Cities of Salt.

Kandil, Hazem. Soldiers, Spies and Statesman.

Ibrahim, Sonallah. The Committee.

Sadar, Claire. “I only Remember Fear.”, 9/11/2015.

Amin, Galal. Egypt in the Era of Hosni Mubarak

Ali, Tariq. “The New World Disorder.” London Review of Books, 4/9/2015.

Omar, Qais Akbar. “Where is My Ghost Money.” NYT, 5/4/2013.

Gopal, Anand. No Good Men Among the Living.

Dittmer, John. Local People.

Kinzer, Stephen. All the Shah’s Men

Ekbladh, David . The Great American Mission.

Kapuscinski, Ryszard. Shah of Shahs.

Said, Edward. Covering Islam.

Nguyen, Viet Thanh. “The End of Empire.” NYT, 11/9/2016.





White Beans with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes (Pati Jinich)

Music from Me estas matando Susana

Home school links

Lemon-Basil Ricotta Pasta

I have a ricotta problem. Because I have a molletes problem. So I’m always looking for a way to use up my leftover ricotta.

My only note here: fresh lemon. Fresh lemon!


  • uncooked pasta (around a half a pound feeds 2)
  • about a cup of ricotta
  • the juice and zest of half a fresh lemon
  • a tablespoon or so of olive oil
  • 4 cubes frozen chopped basil (or a good dollop of pesto) – this can be skipped if you have basil to garnish. Or not.
  • 1/4 cup parmesan or decent “Italian” shred

Garnishes (optional)

  • more parmesan or decent “Italian” shred
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chiffonaded into pretty ribbons

Special equipment

  • A metal bowl that’s large enough that it will sit on your cooking pot
  1. In your oddly large metal bowl, mix all the ingredients that aren’t pasta. Salt & pepper to taste.
  2. Cook your pasta in the conventional manner, following the directions on the package.
  3. When the pasta has 2 or three minutes left, put the bowl over the pot and stir contemplatively.
  4. Drain the pasta, add to the sauce, Bob’s your uncle.