In 250 pages, Simone de Beauvoir talks about the favorite topic of existentialism: responsibility. Set in France during World War II, ‘The Blood of Others’, published in 1945, is a story about the infamous (and often romanticized) time of the underground army called Résistance.Read more "Book review: The Blood of Others"
I’m sorry, Banksy fan account, but this is bullshit. And I’ll tell you why.Read more "I’m sorry, Banksy, but this is bullshit"
Since you are on a blog called ‘Beautiful Absurdity’, let me hit you with some of my favorites. The world is replete with them.Read more "My favorite absurdities"
I have been pretty busy reading Daniel Kahneman’s ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow‘ from 2011. Guy got a Nobel Prize in Economics for this. He’s a psychologist – so, him winning in that category is pretty uncommon. To say the least.Read more "How to spot a fake expert"
The Peshmerga, whose name translates as ‘those who face death’, are the Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq. Day in, day out they save the lives of millions. But who saves theirs once the fight is over? An old Peshmerga tells a story.Read more "Peshmergas save our lives – but who saves theirs?"
Most of my friends don’t get to hear about the many good news coming from the Middle East. But there is so much they miss out on. As the founder of the weekly news summary what happened last week?, I read a lot, I mean, a lot of news each day. Here is my attempt to give […]Read more "5 favorite news from the Middle East right now"
Novels get us to care about the death of people who never existed; the news often can’t help us care about real people who died yesterday. Let’s change that and try a different genre: news fiction. My first guest is Kurdish filmmaker and writer Beri Shalmashi. She writes about her dream.Read more "The Last Yezidi"
After 80, some people don’t retire. They reign. – Lewis Lapham Today, I wanted to share an essay with you. 79-year-old Lewis Lapham, former editor of Harper’s Magazine and founder of Lapham’s Quarterly, decided to write about old masters. He interviewed men and women, mostly in their 80s and 90s, still working, still creating and asked […]Read more "What Age Brings to the Table"
The new TV-series Tyrant is a real treat for all of you politics fans out there. Why? It’s like FOX News decided to turn the Arab Spring in 2011 into fiction. Only this time, they’re not too ignorant about it.Read more "TV-Series ‘Tyrant’ Explains The Arab Spring"
I have just started watching the lecture series uploaded by YCombinator, an American seed accelerator. Basically, they fund startups and make them big. They decided to teach 30% of what they think can be taught about starting a startup. I decided to summarize each lecture. Why? I learn better if I repeat by writing down […]Read more "How To Start a Startup – Lecture 1 (review)"