Really, it seemed like there was more…

We should have seen Trump coming (Guardian UK: The long read)

7 self-care strategies for dismantling the patriarchy*

The Americas (Roads & Kingdoms)

Some great b/w and Portland videos


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.



Molletes (or beans on toast with cheese)

Molletes are a very simple, very delicious, Mexican comfort food. There are really only four ingredients, so starting with good ingredients is a good idea.

Bread: I prefer something rustic. I use Italian or French style breads, as those are the bakeries closest to me, but really any crusty bread or roll will work. I just made molletes with an Italian corn bread – amazing!

Butter: don’t sweat this. Salted, unsalted, high-fat, normal – none of these matter. Just make sure it’s room temperature, or otherwise spreadable. (You can also lightly toast your bread-object/s so the butter meltiness is less of an issue, depending on how much you love toast)

Refried Beans: I’ve never seen these made with anything other than black beans, but really, any mexican style (peruvian, pinto) beans will work. They need to be refried in a decent fat – I use olive oil for my veggie friends, and lard or bacon grease for me. They should be well seasoned – I prefer mine garlicky. They can come straight from a can, but they should be good enough to eat on their own.

Cheese: I love some ricotta or queso requesón along with shredded “mexican style” cheese (monterey jack, pepper jack, cheddar, queso chihuahua or queso menonita, and/or queso oaxaca)  and some queso fresco. Okay, and some queso añejo. Really, any one or two of these is fine.



  • thick sliced bread or split roll
  • (spreadable) butter
  • cheese
  • refried beans

Garnishes (all optional)

  • fresh or bottled table salsas
  • meat
  • sliced avocado
  1. Preheat oven-like device to 400 degrees F.
  2. Put your bread-like object on the (parchment-ed) pan
  3. Spread bread with butter
  4. Spread buttered bread with a generous layer of refried beans – I like mine thick, you may prefer moderation. All good.
  5. Top with cheese
  6. Turn off the oven & turn on the broiler to high
  7. Put the pan in and keep an eye on it – this goes from almost there to a fire hazard in a blink of an eye.
  8. Pull it out when cheesy is melty and bread edges are golden brown and delicious looking.
  9. Top with garnishes. Or not.





Qawwali Party

Fanna-Fi-Allah Qawwali Party

Tahir Faridi Qawwal and parties

Aminah Chishti

  • Beneath the Veils a short film by Aminah Chishti Qawwal (8:16) Join us on this incredible journey documenting the path of Aminah Chishti, the first woman initiated into Pakistan’s ancient Sufi Qawwali lineage. Performing internationally with the living legend Ustad Dildar Hussain, King of the Punjab Ata Wala Tradition. Aminah holds the percussive teachings traditionally passed only through blood lineage. Capturing Aminah’s relationship of independent education since 2004 presents a unique window of opportunity for all to see cultural exchange in it’s most intimate settings. Beneath the Veils is presented through the Freestyle Movement Collective, an initiative to educate and inspire people by co-creating educational content with communities around the world.

Footage from Music of the Mystics


More Sufi music (qawwali?)

Probably not qawwali at all