Monday, December 24, 2012


 "There is a first, false idea that needs to be set aside, which is that the philosopher can speak about everything. This idea is exemplified by the TV philosopher: he talks about society's problems, the problems of the present, and so on. Why is this idea false? Because the philosopher constructs his own problems, he is an inventor of problems, which is to say he is not someone who can be asked on television, night after night, what he thinks about what's going on. A genuine philosopher is someone who decides on his own account what the important problems are, someone who proposes new problems for everyone. Philosophy is first and foremost this: the invention of new problems.

Alain Badiou
From: Philosophy in the Present - Badiou and Zizek

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Free Expression, Expensive Listener

My throat is constricted. Not only because it is cold in Canada and my body cannot fight the free viruses roaming around, but also because I have so much to say, I feel like screaming.

I need to scream.

Don't get me wrong. Expression is free here. It is finding a listener that is challenging.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Farzad, they killed you, not knowing you will never die!


Can you hear it? That is the sound of the secret history of the Kurds. It sounds just like a lullaby passing through cracks in concrete walls. 

Farzad Kamangar, a village teacher labelled terrorist, counts those cracks, argues innocence and shares the hopeful sweetness of homemade chocolates with his fellow prisoners. 

"Under ropes, the chocolates melt in our mouths..." and we, the readers hear through the cracks. 

Hear it here: the lullaby of legendary Farzad Kamangar. 

by Ava Homa

The illustration courtesy of Tamar Levi
The cover design by Hagit Shechter. 
Publisher: Novel Rights (