a bizarre and upsetting incident happened to me this week. on Sunday (the 1st day of our school week), upon walking to work- the academic building where department offices and classrooms are located- i was met in front of the doors by my supervisor, our dean of faculty, L. we are friendly; this term we’ve […]

an ode to urbanity

i am writing this from Madrid; i was in Istanbul for 6 days last week, and in between i was ‘home’ in Jordan for about 6 hours. there are currently four currencies in my wallet (dollars, euros, lira, dinars); within one 24-hour period I went from hearing Turkish, to Arabic, to French, to Spanish. forgive […]