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Being a Critic Is Easy

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Being a critic is easy, being a person is hard. I almost wrote exclusively about the difficulty of being an artist, but as I was putting my fingers to the keys, I realized it’s not just about being an artist.… Read More »Being a Critic Is Easy

British Columbia

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I would move to Vancouver in a heartbeat. My two worlds, my two backgrounds collide when I am there. Never, in all my life, have I been somewhere with so many British and Iranians in one place. I can hear… Read More »British Columbia

The Degas Pose

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I know what you’re thinking. You can see it in your mind. If you know anything about Degas’ ballerinas, you know the statue I think you’re thinking about. It’s the girl in a tutu, the bronze sculpture of her standing… Read More »The Degas Pose

It’s been a week

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I have so many things rushing around my head right now, but the truth is that none of them are thoughts I want to write down here. It’s been, for lack of a better phrase, a day. Rather, it’s been… Read More »It’s been a week

Who We are

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When someone asks us to tell them about ourselves, we often start the answer by talking about our parents. Maybe we talk about our heritage. I did this just the other day. And while stories about our parents can be… Read More »Who We are

The Elimination Diet

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When I say elimination diet, I’m not talking about food. I’m talking about eliminating distractions. I’m talking about the reason I love black and white photography and the simplicity of putting my subject in front of a simple backdrop. When… Read More »The Elimination Diet

We need stories

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Stories are essential to humans. We sometimes think of them as frivolous pursuits of entertainment, that they are not on the same level as food, water, or shelter. But they are. Food, water, and shelter can provide survival, but they… Read More »We need stories

The Rut

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It’s easy to go out there or sit right here (writing) and say that there is no such thing as writer’s block. We create it ourselves. It’s easy to have the voices of my favorite writers in my head telling… Read More »The Rut

The Process

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Learn to love the process. That’s what I’ve been telling myself lately. I am so goal-oriented and so focused on the end result, that I often feel defeated by the process. I feel defeated learning how to eat better or… Read More »The Process