Beauty is terror.

“It’s a very Greek idea, and a very profound one. Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it. And what could be more terrifying and beautiful, to souls like the Greeks or our own, than to lose control completely? To throw off the chains of being for an instant, to shatter the […]

Is it a boy or a girl?

I was one afternoon walking down a sunny street, past a mosque. A few children were playing and running about gleefully under the gaze of the adults. Then an old woman said something that made me really angry. As I passed by, I heard her tell a little girl, maybe 6 or 7 years old […]