I watched 'Wonder' based on the novel by the same name on a plane; then I binge-watched season two of 'Working Moms' on Netflix to overcome my jetlag. Oddly, they stacked up nicely with a book I'm re-reading called 'Ways of Seeing', by John Berger. They link Narcissism, defense mechanisms and the common desire to… Continue reading Like Narcissus we all Drown in our Selves Sometimes…
Netflix's first Arabic original is the talk of the proverbial town for all the things it isn't Left to right: Sultan Khail, Aysha Shahaltough, Salma Malhas & Hamzeh Okab As someone whose worked in the realm of Arab 'content' for the last 18 years, I can say with some confidence that self censorship is… Continue reading J is for Jinn…and Jordan
Now that I am a [very tired] mother. I see the world better. My eyes are half the size they were, I need two different glasses to survive 24hrs, and yet, I have never seen more clearly the fragility and agility of our life. I see how strenuous and serendipitous it is to raise human… Continue reading The 10 Year Challenge: How Parenting Changes the Bigger Picture
Words are weapons of mass destruction. I am going to pile a bunch of words together to make two obvious hastily generalising remarks. They may appear disjointed at first, but I will work my way to conjoining them in a stream-of-consciousness-type narrative eventually. Women are complacent in perpetuating a patriarchal world. Patriarchy sucks hard for men too… Continue reading Words as Weapons
So. I spent the summer reaching the finales of ALL my favourite shows & then staring into the abyss, feeling empty & aimless not knowing quite what do with my eyes and ears. See, my summer evenings were more homebound than I had originally envisaged - never mind that they were spent in various cities… Continue reading All Good Things Come in 7s. Not Really, But this List Does!
I am watching Genius (National Geographic) on iTunes. It tails a young Einstein in the years leading to his Nobel Prize. You would think the most startling revelation is that Einstein was a charming, carefree & funny young lad. Or, that I am finally understanding that the Theory of Relativity & the Time-Space Continuum are more… Continue reading Time, Space, Gravity & Gender
In the collective narrative of humanity, there are few character story revelations & motivators verily insightful than what is known in the content world as 'backstory': What is known to the rest of us as 'how my parents and upbringing is to blame for everything'. For a culture that is fully invested in the family… Continue reading Blaming the Past is a Story that Never Gets Old – so Let’s Actually Tell it
Much like life, TV viewing sometimes begs the question: If you have to choose - would you go for content that is authentic or idealistic? In life, what to do when living authentically doesn't comply with the very trendy notion of impersonating how you ideally want to be? My peers will know that this notion of… Continue reading This Revolution Should Be Televised: In Search of [the Right] Heroines Part 7,567