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RSS Feed: The One

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

I will be moving my blog to WordPress in a few days, and in the process I am also going from three RSS feeds to just one. If you read this blog by pointing your web browser to www.lailalalami.com/blog or www.moorishgirl.com, everything will remain the same; you don’t need to do anything.

If, however, you read me by using an RSS reader like Bloglines, Google Reader, or My Yahoo, you may have to change the feed address to this. The other feeds will no longer be updated.

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Monday, August 18th, 2008

I neglected to put a “Gone Fishing” sign in this space before I departed on holiday, so over the last few weeks, I received a fair number of email messages from readers asking if anything was wrong. Nothing was–I just needed to disconnect for a bit while traveling up to northern California and Oregon. My husband and I had planned a few days in Big Sur, but the national park was closed because of the fires that had ravaged the area in early July. (We spent our time eating at seaside restaurants instead.) Then we went on to Crater Lake, which was pretty incredible. There was still a little bit of snow on the ground at higher altitudes, and the lake itself was of the deepest blue you could imagine. We went to Portland afterward, to visit my sister. She took a week off from work, and we all hiked, swam, went to the movies, and did a whole lot more eating.

The Cat’s Away

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

I’ve pre-posted a few items for you to appear while I’m in Michigan. I will be back tomorrow, though posting is unlikely to resume until late in the day. Back soon.

Guess The Nation

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

This is utterly addictive: Guess The Nation, a game in which you have to figure out the country based on the flag, and a couple of clues.

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Late Start

Friday, December 9th, 2005

After the reading last night at Gravy, I walked to my car to find one of the back windows smashed. The doors were still locked, nothing was missing, and the alarm, if it kicked off, was certainly not loud enough that we could have heard it across the street.

As I started to clean the glass shards out of my car, I thought about the senselessness of the exercise–destroying someone’s window for the fun of it. It reminded me of Graham Greene’s ‘The Destructors,’ which I read in my first or second year of college. In the story, a band of street urchins set about tearing a house down, for no reason but that they want to do something fun, something different.

“You hate him a lot?” Blackie asked.
“Of course I don’t hate him,” T. said. “There’d be no fun if I hated him.” The last burning note illuminated his brooding face. “All this hate and love,” he said, “it’s soft, it’s hooey. There’s only things, Blackie,” and he looked round the room crowded with the unfamiliar shadows of half things, broken things, former things.’

For the teenagers, destruction was “after all, a form of creation.”

I suppose this is a long way of saying: I’m off to a late start this morning, so posting will be light.

Thanksgiving 2005

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

It’s a short week here at Moorishgirl. Aside from consuming gargantuan-sized meals, I plan on spending the next few days working on my novel. Have a happy Thanksgiving. I will see you back here on Monday, when I will have more lit news, cultural commentary, book reviews, recommendations, and giveaways.

All Apologies

Monday, October 17th, 2005

Things have been rather hectic for me in the last few days due to the book tour, so I haven’t been able to comment much on literary news or post any book reviews or recommendations. Sorry about that. Things should start going back to normal within a week or so. In the meantime, I’ll continue to put up updates on readings and events I’m doing. Enjoy!

Hi Again

Monday, August 1st, 2005

Many thanks indeed to Randa Jarrar who’s been blogging at Moorishgirl on Fridays for several months now. I know some of you are wondering whether there will be any content here on Fridays and what prompted the change in schedule. As I get closer to the release of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits I find that there is a lot that I want to talk about that doesn’t always fit in the daily digests, recommendations, reviews, and other news I post during the week. So I wanted to devote Fridays to talking about Hope, and to share some of the latest news about it. Meanwhile Randa’s blog, Rockslinga, continues to be one of my must-reads, and I urge you to add it to your bookmarks.

See Ya

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

That’s all for Moorishgirl this week. Fellow writer Randa Jarrar guest blogs here tomorrow. I will be back on Monday. Have a great weekend!

End of Blogging Week

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

That’s it for me this week. Fellow writer Randa Jarrar usually blogs here on Fridays, so come by and say hello. I will be back later this weekend or on Monday, with more news, a book review, another recommendation, and assorted commentary.

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