'Cause if you're happy in your head then solitude is blessed and alone is okay.
Amazigh brides (High Atlas, Morocco)
Afghanistan my hometown, Jerusalem is my heart
I flash a Syrian smile, I’ve been Egyptian from the start,
My kindness comes from Pakistan, My style Senegalese
Yemen and Somalia, join two continents at my knees
A Mauritanian mind, Libyan Legs, Arabian Disposition
Moroccan Passion, Turkish fashion, Indonesian Precision
My eyes peer from Kashmir, towards a Malaysian setting sun,
My body is indivisible, I am an Ummah of one.
Please keep Sudan in your prayers. There are already 50 people dead, a lot of them school children who innocently joined the protests. Please pray that this ends peacefully.
Love is pure, when not expecting to be loved back.
It you thought that science was certain — well, that is just an error on your part.
Q: What is the responsibility of the writer?
Julia Fierro: To tell his or her truth, to reveal his or her unique interpretations of life, while simultaneously reminding the reader of the universality of the human experience—the thread that connects saints and sinners, virgins and whores, and makes every life as redeemable as the next, no matter how grotesque or unlikable they and their actions may seem.
If there is one “maxim” I believe in when it comes to writing, it is this: the writer has a responsibility not just to the reader, but even more so to his or her characters. If a writer feels compassion for his or her characters, those characters’ needs and fears will seem authentic. The reader will find it is impossible to dismiss the characters, even the most “unlikable,” whose actions and motivations the reader wants to find unacceptable. Their redemption in that practice of acceptance has the potential to reach outside the time it takes to read the book. When a reader spots even the tiniest glimmer of his or herself (a shared desire or vulnerability, a habit or preoccupation) in a character they want to hate, it feels to me as if a life is saved, even if it is a fictional life. Humanity as a whole is strengthened. There shouldn’t be “collateral damage” in real life—I believe the same goes for literature.