CC Issue 17 / Reflections

Leaving

“To me, if life boils down to one thing, it’s movement. To live is to keep moving.” – Jerry Seinfeld Finally, the decision has been made.  Should we?  Shouldn’t we?  Where?  Why?  How?  Is it possible?  And then, decision.  We’re leaving Hong Kong. After two years back here, it’s time to move on to less … Continue reading

CC Issue 17 / News / Politics

Tunnel Vision: Our Attention to the Pump

I’ve started Alia Malek’s book, A Country Called Amreeka: U.S. History Retold Through Arab-American Lives.  It’s marvelous really.  Malek tells the history of Arabs in America by selecting monumental events and narrating those events through the eyes of a character, or a handful of characters, who lived through those formative moments. For instance, Malek follows an America … Continue reading

CC Issue 17 / News / Politics / Reflections / Social Work

Kony 2012 and The Social Seduction of Now

I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself when I first saw this photograph a few days ago.  It was taken by American photo-journalist Glenna Gordon who at the time was covering (on assignment with AP) the peace talks between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan government on the Sudan-Congo border.  During one particular … Continue reading

CC Issue 17 / Film / TV

The Sedentarian

I miss television. Every evening there’s a peculiar aching in my soul for that ever-so-comforting routine of settling down on the couch to a good dose of mindless entertainment. I suppose this is just the sort of scenario imagined by Ray Bradbury over 60 years ago in his brilliant but bleak short story, “The Pedestrian.” … Continue reading