Posted by Sadie from ? (126.96.36.199) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 at 11:03AM :
In Reply to: Re: favor to ask of you posted by Warrior Empress from host-65-199-130-239.link.com.eg (188.8.131.52) on Wednesday, July 02, 2003 at 5:10AM :
: Dear Sadie,
: Like I just explained to Jeff, I would be very interested to post my other stuff online if you would all like. I mainly write essays however as I am involved in Middle Eastern Gender Studies and Politial Movements and also partake in some amateur Anthropological research (still only a graduate and my MA and PhD are yet to come).
xxx What kind of anthro research? I LOVED anthropology in undergrad, & when I was a child, I wanted to be an archaeologist.
: As a writer I burn most of my work, so alot of it is reduced to ashes (the police in Sydney must think I am a pyromaniac by this stage!) but I feel as a writer you can only progress spiritually and my best work is yet to come. I despise my work actually (perhaps this is a result of the psychological trauma of being without recognised identity and the self loathing that comes as part of our nationalist rhetoric?)...but I have been writing alot lately here in Cairo...
xxx Why burn your writings? Save them, & when they sound silly to you in the future, play around with them.... I think of writing like I think of any work of art - the art will evolve over time.
: As for my interesting life...you have NO idea, but the struggles that come with life are the same for everyone, outcasts, traitors and all. Having a sense of adventure means you make alot of mistaks, but they are not valuable unless you learn from them. I plan to write my autobiography some day soon so maybe one day you will get to read it...
: As for Evanessence, I wouldn't class them as a work of art, but I am deeply soothed by the lead singer's grasp on human pain and spiritual yearning. Dark themes in music are enlightening ironically enough, and those who have seen darkness and who value and appreciate its intrinsic beauty are those who (in my opinion) can learn to value beauty in light-ness. This is not a new theory, actually it goes as far as Buddha and the Baghavad Gita and beyond. Khalil Gibran was brilliant in conceptualising these abstract philosophies in his work, both written and painted. You should visit his home in Lebanon it is a beautiful mueseum now.
xxx Yeah, the album's not an ingenious work of art, but they sound similar to some other artists out there I like. My best friend likes the album, so I listen to it with her. She thinks the songs are about death. I think some of the melodies are catchy, but the album is a bit repetitive. By the way, I think it's Enya, not Dream Theater, that I think I hear in Evanescence's melodies.
: So you like Queensryche and Dream Theater? You sound like an old-school metal head to me! I personally am a recovering goth/ industrial genre freak but was once known to have my own heavy/ death metal radio show. Tool however would undoubtedly be my favourite mainstream band.
xxx I used to listen to Queensryche's "Empire" album when I worked on math homework in high school, & Dream Theater's song "Pull Me Under" was one of my favorites senior year of high school (& I like a few other songs on their "Images & Words" album). When I was in high school, I listened to a good bit of Pink Floyd, Rush, Led Zeppelin, some Metallica, classic rock, U2, etc. But I like all sorts of music - depends on my mood. Actually, lately I've been listening more to classical & new age (like Echoes & Hearts of Space) music & a friend of mine is getting me into Pat Methany. BUT, I like almost everything - as long as it's in good taste (which, of course, depends on my opinion). I don't like music with lyrics that degrade women.
: My point is, don't let the lyrics bring you down, but uplift your spirit. It is difficult not to get caught up in the comfort of sadness and self-desruction, but these thoughts are usually perpetuated by the likes of Brittany Speares in my opinion.
: As for you wanting to learn Syriac, what is stopping you? Usually it is us humans who create the obstacles to progress ourselves. A great prophet (on him be peace) once said:
: Live for today as if you would die tomorrow,
: Plan for tomorrow as if you would live forever.
xxx You're right. I'm in grad school right now, so I don't have much free time, but I suppose I could try to squeeze in more "language" time.
: Knowledge is everywhere.
: Warrior Empress
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