Why do people have to leave each other? Neden insanlar birbirlerini bırakmak zorundadırlar? by Yasmin Mogahed


When I was 17 years old, I had a dream. I dreamt that I was sitting inside a masjid and a little girl walked up to ask me a question. She asked me: “Why do people have to leave each other?” The question was a personal one, but it seemed clear to me why the question was chosen for me.
I was one to get attached.

Ever since I was a child, this temperament was clear. While other children in preschool could easily recover once their parents left, I could not. My tears, once set in motion, did not stop easily. As I grew up, I learned to become attached to everything around me. From the time I was in first grade, I needed a best friend. As I got older, any fall-out with a friend shattered me. I couldn’t let go of anything. People, places, events, photographs, moments—even outcomes…

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Memoirs of a Hayseed Physicist by Peter Martel


Part 22:
My First University:
In English, my final standing was fourth in a class of two hundred and fifty. My marks in physics was a non-spectacular fifty, in part because I had spent the weekends from Friday to Sunday night working for a large department store. This was a calamity of sorts, because my mother had contacted an old school friend of hers on my behalf at the Nova Scotia Research Foundation – a provincial laboratory specializing in Geophysics. This friend had accepted my mother’s word that I was a genius and had recommended me to the head of the Geophysics section – a man who might hire me for invaluable summer work.

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With permission of the author. This is an on going story one paragraph at a time beginning on the post of July 6th. We will get back to our music and art after this little break.

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Marquis Hill. The Way We Play. US 2016.


Marquis Hill. The Way We Play. US 2016.

  • Marquis Hill Quintet
  • Joshua Ramos: Bass
  • Christofer McBride: Alto Sax
  • Marquis Hill: Trumpet
  • Justin Thomas: Vibraphone
  • Makaya McCraven: Drums

I really want to make it very clear that this is the sound of my band, which is uniquely Chicago. I wanted to put everything on the table – this is the way that we play,” Marcus Hill interview, JazzTimes 2015.

For the past five years, 29-year-old trumpeter Marquis Hill has been invigorating the Chicago jazz scene with his sleek approach to modern jazz, which often incorporates elements of spoken word and hip-hop.

The Way We Play is hardly a color-by-numbers jazz standards album. As Hill has done on his previous discs, he revitalizes the material by placing heavier emphasis on the groove, which enables the compositions to resonate more to a 21st-century jazz audience – hence the disc’s witty title.

Album Reviews:

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