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  • Re: Writers

    MEMO TO MY CRITICS
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    Since neither of us is stupid or arrogant enough
    to assert infallibility, let us proceed from the assumption
    that we may be both be wrong.

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    • Re: Writers

      MEMO TO OUR TURCOCENTRIC PUNDITS
      AND THEIR READERS
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      If talk of Turks, massacres, and atrocities will make you a better person, more understanding and compassionate, by all means, go ahead, knock yourself out, make a career of it. But if it will make you more vengeful and prone to hate not only your enemy but also your fellow countrymen simply because they do not share your hatred (I have seen this happen), then I suggest it may be in your interest as well as that of your “cause” to leave the field to others better equipped to deal with it.
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      • Re: Writers

        Dear friend:
        i share your hope and outrage.
        i have little sympathy for those in power -- be
        they turks or armenians.
        my experience with armenian leaders has been
        nasty, brutal, and short (i think that's how
        Hobbes defined the life of man). but whereas i
        see why the turks treated us as their enemies;
        for the life of me i cannot see why the armenian
        leaders behave so cynically and cruelly towards
        their fellow armenians. /ara

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        • Re: Writers

          When I was young, brainwashed, & knew everything, I rejected any & all ideas that did not fit in my belief system. Now that I am old & I have a better appreciation of the depths of my own ignorance, my first reaction to a new idea is to welcome it.

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          • Re: Writers

            http://www.ianyanmag.com/interview-w...ara-baliozian/

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            • Re: Writers

              Sunday, January 01, 2017
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              REFLECTIONS
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              Confession may be good for the soul
              but I have never heard an Armenian say
              “I betrayed a fellow Armenian to the authorities.”
              *
              If I am wrong it’s because
              I moderate and mongrelize.
              *
              What did Abel do to provoke Cain?
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              Of the gods we know nothing
              but of men more than enough.
              *
              When Mischa Kudian and I met
              we didn’t discuss literature
              but Armenian inhumanity to Armenian.
              *
              Depressed? Think cheerful thoughts,
              meditate on death.
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              • Re: Writers

                Cousin Dennis: my targets of criticism are the 1% -- religious, political, cultural:

                throughout our history they have always conspired to divide and corrupt the nation.

                i have at no time claimed to be a prophet or a talented individual.i have been carrying out

                a tradition in our literature that goes back to Khorenatsi.

                i recycle, i don't create.

                i don'd see why this should be a questionable enterprise.

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                and now off on a tangent:

                Yugoslav proverb: “Man is harder than rock

                and more fragile than eggs.”
                If we view Turks as hard as rocks
                and ourselves as fragile as eggs
                it may be because, by uniting them,
                their leaders made them stronger;
                and by dividing us,
                our leaders made us weaker and more vulnerable.
                If you think I am the first to say this,
                read Yeghishe (410-470 AD):
                “If a nation is ruled by two kings,
                both the kings and their subjects will perish.”
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