Archive fürJanuar 2016

2016-01-14 - Keine Kommentare!

A three-hour drive east

You can escape the freezing winter snows and winds of Kabul by taking only a three-hour drive east through the Silk Gorge to Jalalabad, where oranges are being harvested. You can escape the humid summer heat in marshy Kunduz, where temperatures often exceed forty degrees Celsius, by moving to the mountains of Badakhshan.

– Thomas Barfield: Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History

2016-01-12 - Keine Kommentare!

Dual citizenship

Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.

– Susan Sontag; found in The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee