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Armchair theorist, poet, and occasional IT manager, Sascha B. is equipped with a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas, and is not afraid to use it. His work has been published by the University Press of America, Edwin Mellen Press, University of Texas Press, and a variety of small journals nationwide. He is also the proprietor and baker for 3141 Pie, of which you should eat many.

The Deal

I stopped blogging in 2013, when life overtook me. My father became ill and died shortly thereafter, and my mother was left with increasing dementia. I became the primary caregiver, and now orchestrate my mother's care and our family estate.

Now, I am coming up for air again.

Looking for the next book to read. All suggestions welcome.

My reading list is over here.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Surreal-O-World, 2009

I think that chronic pain can fatigue not only your body, but your mind. That must be the reason why this is the most comment-worthy news of the new year for me right now. Otherwise, I'd be discussing Gaza, and the shenanigans in the new Congress, and all that. But really, a six-year old stealing the car and making it a full ten miles down the road --- in order to get to PE class, of all things --- seems to carry far more vertiginal, reality-distorting weight for me in my current state of mind.

Or maybe it's just that time of year.

Monday, January 05, 2009


A busy day in Washington, but more interesting to me, a rainy cold day in SF, and my first day on the new job.

At the same time, the talk on Gaza continues to be a painful echo of the Lebanon war that ended so disastrously for Israel. I think that this turning moment of the year is just a woeful one all around; the spirit of the world is covered by the winter of discontent. When will have it made glorious summer, and by what (or whom)?

Sunday, January 04, 2009


In a surprisingly competent post, OddTodd has offered up a new year's solution for corporate America in ten steps. And despite his tongue in cheek attitude overall, he is pretty much dead-on with this stuff. Any manager or executive should take note of these pretty basic concepts.

Fracturing The Cabinet

Before Obama even takes office, things start to get muddy:

Bill Richardson withdraws his nomination for Commerce Secretary.

Another Voice

In contrast to the post below, here is a remarkably honest post on what's happening in the Middle East from Foreign Policy editor and blogger Blake Hounshell:
Yes, as U.S. President-elect Barack Obama put it last summer during a visit to rocket-plagued Sderot, "If someone was sending rockets on my house where my daughters were sleeping at night, I would do everything to stop it, and I would expect Israelis to do the same thing." But how you choose to stop the rockets matters a great deal. Revenge is not a strategy for national success.

One Man's Hypothesis

Sullivan is thinking that maybe the war in Gaza is a dry run for a precision attack on Iranian nuclear facilities. I am skeptical. Then again, nothing about this situation makes much sense, so I suppose it is as likely as anything else.