Synesthesia: I has it

Leave it to me to be inspired by  a Cracked article about how certain mental conditions could potentially get a guy laid (hey Cracked, when are you going to start helping ladies to get laid? Just sayin). Nabokov had it. Tori Amos has it. Yours truly has it, though she’s not nearly as awesome asContinue reading “Synesthesia: I has it”

What Luma witnessed: the sacred status of male abusers in Jordan (and how it hurts both men and women)

When something like this happens in public in Amman, I think it highlights one of the main reasons why the so-called honour killing law has still not been changed. Family is turned on its head, and the reverence for family becomes a reverence for psychological and physical abuse. Of course, the situation described is alsoContinue reading “What Luma witnessed: the sacred status of male abusers in Jordan (and how it hurts both men and women)”

In a society where married men feel free to hit on young girls…

Women get stabbed to death for much less. The post-mortem virginity tests on the bodies of honour crime victims are just another kind of violation, methinks. It shouldn’t matter if a woman was having an affair or not. Her precious life was deemed worthless, and that’s the only thing that matters. Jordanian society is lopsidedContinue reading “In a society where married men feel free to hit on young girls…”

Monday Music: the “I want my freaking headphones back” edition

When my brother left for camp earlier this month, he cleaned the flat out of headphones. Seriously. The one pair I could find is weirdly deformed  and does not allow me to listen to my iPod unless I hold it a few inches from my face. Instead of listening to, say, Tori Amos’s new albumContinue reading “Monday Music: the “I want my freaking headphones back” edition”

Monday Music: the post-25th birthday wind & rain edition

This is good weather for staying in to work with a cat hanging around in your general vicinity. The sun comes and goes, and never stays long enough. I recently fished out this picture taken with Fanty in Amman, shortly before leaving for London earlier this year. There’s something about it. That entire “photo-session” completelyContinue reading “Monday Music: the post-25th birthday wind & rain edition”