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On The OA


I want to tell you about The OA. You might not understand why I’d take the time to tell you about a TV show while reality itself seems to be falling apart, children are getting murdered in their homes, and politicians are doing their best to exploit your misery for their gains. But to quote the main character from the first episode, “pretend to trust me until you do.” With those lines, spoken by...

Loving Canines


What you need to know before bringing a dog into your life:

Talk to them. Never hit them. Expressing disappointment when they do bad is punishment enough. Expressing happiness is reward enough. They will give you all the love in their hearts, and it’s infinite. They never live long enough, and you will be heartbroken.

Worth it.

For All Mankind


Watching the finale episode of Season One of For All Mankind, and it really is a well-written show. Two particular moments stand out so far, and for almost opposite reasons – [SPOILERS] In the first, two astronauts stranded in a capsule face almost certain death, a male and a gay woman. He’s her superior officer at NASA and was the one who trained her. She’s been keeping her sexuality a...

Gabriel & The Paper Towel


Gabriel: Dadda, can you get me a paper towel?

Me: Didn’t you just tear one?

Gabriel: Yes, but it kept tearing wrong. I want you to tear me a perfect one.

Me: Why does it have to be perfect?

Gabriel: Because I like it perfect.

Goodbye, David Graeber


I just found out that David Graeber died yesterday. He was the smartest guy I’ve ever had the honor to know. We met on Twitter during the revolution after I’d read his Fragments of An Anarchist Anthropology. I used him as a sounding board whenever I thought my head was going too far. He was kind, always communicative, took the time to read the things I wrote, and we were always on the same...

Goodbye, Mahmoud Reda


I just found out that Mahmoud Reda passed away today. I didn’t know him well but met him while shooting a documentary on his work with Keti Sharif.

He was a wonderfully sweet man, and he was definitely a cultural force in Egypt, his work with the fantastic Farid’s Fahmy did much to keep Egyptian folkloric dance alive, and evolve it along the way.

Blowing Up Your Hearts


There is nothing this world needs more than empathy. I want to build an empathy bomb, big enough to envelop the whole world in an explosion of empathy. If all the fed can feel the pangs of hunger that others feel, if all the unjust could feel the anguish that victims feel, and if all the liars can feel the betrayal caused by their deceit, perhaps this would be a better earth. A slightly more...



1917 is a damn good movie. By focusing on a microcosm, a tiny slice of story within what was otherwise a ‘world’ war, it creates incredible cinema. The cinematography by Roger Deakins is fantastic. The production design and set staging are mind-boggling. The music by Thomas Newman is perfect, enhancing and influencing the viewer but never overwhelming the narrative or the performances and never...

Gabriel: Hide & Seek


Gabriel: Dadda!! Let’s play Hide n’ Seek! Me (exhausted): How about we play Hide n’ Forget..? Gabriel: What’s that? Me: You hide, and I forget about it. Gabriel: Is that a real game, or did you just make it up? Me: It’s a real game because I just made it up! Gabriel: Okay! He runs off while I start counting to 20. He comes back when I’m at 5 to get his iPad, clearly discerning this won’t be like...

Goodbye, Gamil Ratib


Egypt has suffered a great loss today, as Gamil Ratib, a fantastic actor who made many of his roles unforgettable, died at 92. Aside from being a wonderful actor, Gamil was also a kind, gentle, and intelligent human being who stood with the Jan 25th revolution and loathed the massacre committed by Sisi and the military in Rabaa. The day after Mubarak was removed, Gamil warned the revolutionaries...

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