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Sunday, November 13, 2005


As a contrast to the work of Gideon Taylor, I offer: "I am caged in this corner, full of melancholy and sorrow... My wings are closed and I cannot fly... I am an Afghan woman and must wail." A contrast because: the author actually is an Afghan woman, the author was killed for writing the verse in Herat. A good thing: Women can publish their work in Afghanistan. A bad thing: They are killed for it. Such is the way the world goes. I wonder if the women in Herat are developing a time when the fact that they wrote in secret, the same way that some Soviet dissidents express nostalgia for the time when they worked shitty day jobs, but had glamorous second lives as literary Scarlet Pimpernels.