24 Apr 14 at 9 pm

Ola Billgren, Nattlig växt III [Nocturnal plant III], 1991.

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Ola Billgren, Nattlig växt III [Nocturnal plant III], 1991.
24 Apr 14 at 9 pm
tags: 💔💔💔 
24 Apr 14 at 9 pm

Vladimir Mayakovsky Past One O’Clock

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"Past one o’clock. You must have gone to bed.
The Milky Way streams silver through the night.
I’m in no hurry; with lightning telegrams
I have no cause to wake or trouble you.
And, as they say, the incident is closed.
Love’s boat has smashed against the daily grind.
Now you and I are quits. Why bother then
To balance mutual sorrows, pains, and hurts.
Behold what quiet settles on the world.
Night wraps the sky in tribute from the stars.
In hours like these, one rises to address
The ages, history, and all creation."

“In the emptiness of deserts you are always surrounded by lost history.”

— Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

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23 Apr 14 at 2 pm

Asked by Anonymous

tags: personal 
asker I'm curious as to if you're religious? and what your opinions on religion are / why you chose to study it? x

I was raised Greek Orthodox, baptised in Lebanon in a small village, and given a baptismal name after Saint Helen. I go to church when I can, and of course, on the days of festival. If my faith is in question, all I need to do is listen to the orthodox chants (in Greek or Arabic) and I feel I am surrounded by the mystery of God, and I am moved to tears.

To be entirely honest, I am private about my beliefs. I don’t believe in proselytizing.

First year, I was a philosopher (like a prof I adored so much), and wanted to throw away religion altogether. Then, I realized my philosopher prof was in fact a practicing Catholic. And he reconciled the two worlds for me. I concentrated in Islamic studies this year, and lost myself among the beauty and history of such a tradition. (It was the same when I engrossed myself in Hindu texts…I couldn’t seem to place myself in one tradition.) I used to say in my first years of university, “I take part in the feasts of every tradition, but not the fasts”. Funny maybe, but I missed the point entirely.
This is my view on religion: there is something truly mysterious and beyond our comprehension, not only because our knowledge has certain irremovable limits, but because in it we come across something inherently “wholly other”… This is why I chose to study the texts of many religions and civilizations - they share an insight into the truth, into the human condition, and into that which we will return.

23 Apr 14 at 1 pm
tags: personal 

Obrigado to the darling Beatriz for tagging me. Her taste is exquisite and I urge you to indulge in her posts! http://tuttopuoesserearte.tumblr.com/


  • Always post the rules.
  • Answer the questions from the person who tagged you.
  • Write 11 new ones.
  • Tag 11 people and link them to the post.
  • Actually tell them you tagged them.

1. Name one thing you have to do before you die.

Find that what it is I’m supposed to dedicate my life to. (Or travel to every country possible).

2. Do you prefer moonlight or sunlight? 

Moonlight, definitely. Everything becomes a sensuous experience. Words are more lush, encounters become trysts…everything is both one thing and another, at one and the same time. If you ever see the Mediterranean in the moonlight, or the way the moon takes aim at all the beautiful points of your lover’s face, you too would love how selectively the moon shares her light.

3. If you were a fictional character who would you be? And why?

Mmm, this is too hard. I am perhaps every female character in Boccaccio’s The Decameron…is that enough women for you?

4. What is your dream job?

Curating, art restoration, novelist, owning a gallery, or owning a lingerie boutique (hehe). Can you tell I have problems committing (to one answer).

5. Your thoughts on feminism? Are you a feminist?

I usually say I believe in traditional roles of men and women, though I’ve done many things in my life to break from it. I don’t believe in the suppression of women in any way, and to say that I don’t stand up for women’s rights would make me a fascist. All the while, I would not call myself a feminist.

6. What is your idea of happiness?

Having a sense of worth..as a lover, as a person living her passion (career or otherwise), as a daughter.

7. Describe yourself in one word.


8. What is your favorite physical feature of yourself?

My eyes - in myself, in everyone.

9. Tell me about your favorite person.

He has dark eyes, and dark Arab skin so perfectly kissed by the sun (he laughs and tells me my skin looks like milk, he calls me “Blache Neige” in his perfectly accented french…his voice is sultry, like everything else about him). He has many nicknames for me, but reserves saying my name in the moments I never expect..perhaps when something has moved him. He is so critical of his country, yet the most gentle revolutionary I know - knowing full well the power of his rhetoric. He’s restless. He’s young but has lived too much. I never tire of his stories, and I don’t think he tires from the way my face will darken or light up, without intention, in reaction to his words. He’s not mine, but I think he knows I’m his…I can’t even be sad about this. He loves me in his way.

10. Simple things that make you happy.

Bashful glances between strangers and I…silk negligees…car rides at night… airports… the sea… embraces… cinemas…letters sent by mail…

11. What is your favorite place in the world?

On my balcony overlooking a busy street in Beirut.

I would like to tag the following 11 ladies who are dear to me,

Maria, Nicolle, Abbi, Donjeta, Miranda, Yessenia, Morgan, Mara, Valerie, Viviana, Alina (if you’re still checking tumblr haha), to answer these questions if they wish:

1. What is your vice?

2. Do you believe in love at first sight?

3. Do you keep a journal?

4. Are you spiritual? Are you religious?

5. A song that calms you?

6. Do you try to do something every day that scares you?

7. What keeps you going?

8. Your most pleasant memory?

9. Who were you in another life?

10. Tell me about your first love.

11. (I will recycle this question..) What is your idea of happiness?

gros bisous les filles xx


22 Apr 14 at 11 pm


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"There isn’t a single part on a woman that is not worth kissing."

22 Apr 14 at 12 am

I have an obsession with stockings I have like 29475930 pairs now

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I have an obsession with stockings I have like 29475930 pairs now
19 Apr 14 at 11 am

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19 Apr 14 at 11 am

Michael Ondaatje, The Cat’s Table

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"What is interesting and important happens mostly in secret."

19 Apr 14 at 11 am

Michael Ondaatje, The Cat’s Table

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"The hanging lights swayed above us—somehow that evening there must have been a breeze in the hold, or was it the roll of the sea? Behind us were dark leaves of pencil trees and a black calabash. We had water bowls on the table with cut flowers in them…Each of us looked shadowed, abandoned, until we leaned forward to be caught in the light. Each of us moved slowly as if half asleep. The gramophone was rewound, and the Indonesian limes were passed down the table."

18 Apr 14 at 10 pm

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18 Apr 14 at 10 pm

Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Fruta prohibida, 1976

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Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Fruta prohibida, 1976
18 Apr 14 at 10 pm

Matisse - Reclining Nude with Blue Eyes, 1936

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Matisse - Reclining Nude with Blue Eyes, 1936