Apr. 24th, 2015 10:18 am
mishak: (gotplur)
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I’m digging all the stuff on the Armenian Genocide this year, the wiki articles and NPR coverage. I’d only vaguely known what the Armenian Genocide was, it’s fascinating to hear the history and context of it, and personal stories about what it means to people today. WBUR had this interview with Eric Bogosian and some others, and at one point this guy starts playing a traditional Armenian instrument called the duduk. OH. MY. GOD. The sound is simultaneously profound and mournful, I don’t know how a physical object can create such an instant and deeply emotional reaction in me. You’ve heard it before, in the background of Battlestar Galactica, and Peter Gabriel’s Passion, that reedy, low droning tenor. I turned off the TV, the radio, the lights, and found some on Spotify, and just sat on my couch, listening. I haven’t done that in years.

Date: 2015-04-24 07:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] takemyleaves
If you're interested in learning more about the Armenian Genocide (and feeling some capital-F Feelings), read Peter Balakian's memoir/history Black Dog of Fate. (And then ask me to tell you some Peter Balakian stories; he was a prof of mine in college.) He also wrote The Burning Tigris, which is also about the Armenian Genocide but is a straight-up history, which is quite a bit drier.


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