List No. 1

I can’t sleep. And I still haven’t finished an entry for this week. (So I’m also procrastinating) My mind for some reason thought it would be a good idea to make…..lists. It’s probably not a good idea to make it into a blog entry. But ima do it anyways. I need the distraction. Everyone’s been…

Live Long and….Prosper?

In many cultures and particularly in ours, people often bless you with age. “Have a long, happy life.” “Live to a 100″ Michael Jackson and Tilahun Gesese wanted to live past a hundred. Most people fear death or perhaps it’s the afterlife…. But in my mind, life as an old person is much, much scarier….

Happy New Year: Resolutions

Beginning the New Year It’s Ethiopian New Year! እንኳን አደረሳችሁ!! I’ve never really been big on holidays. I call holidays Pajama days because no one really expects me to do anything except eat and binge watch stuff in my pajamas. I don’t even have to talk to anyone. I will still probably spend this one…

Your Art Means Nothing

We all love art. Or we claim to even though it means pretty much nothing to us. Or we can’t say we like it yet still find ourselves oddly drawn to it, to finding ways to explain it. I’m of the third type. I have in the past written an entry about how I thought…

Ode to Sheger

Since I moved back to Addis last year, I have found myself in the midst of people caught in between two worlds, people desperately trying to hold on to everything at once. Shegerians. I’d thought when I was in Mekelle that it wasn’t really my scene there. Shegerians were my kind of people because they don’t dwell on…

YATC, The Mental Digital Shift and Black Panther

Brace for another long three part entry. YATC and Agenda ’63 Right out of high school, I remember getting an invite to the African Union Commission from my school to attend a lecture given by some of the most profound Ethiopians. Of those I recall, we had the Israeli Ambassador to Ethiopia Belaynesh Zevadia, we…

አሁንም በወቀሳ ሊገድሉን ነው

  ከዚህ በታች “አታች” ያደረግኩት የጦማር ማስታወሻ የተፃፈው በአውሮፓውያኑ ዲሴምበር 2016 ላይ ነው፡፡ ዛሬ ወደስራ እየሄድኩ ታክሲ ውስጥ የተከፈተው ሬድዮ ላይ የሰማሁት ነገር ምናልባት ይሄ ሀሳብ ዛሬም ሬሌቫንት ሳይሆን አይቀርም ብዬ እንዳስብ አደረገኝ እና በቀጣዮቹ አንዱን ቀን (ወይም በጨረስኩ ግዜ) ሼር የማደርገውን  ዴፊነትሊ ሬሌቫንት ኤንትሪ እስክጨርስ ድረስ ያቆየን ብዬ መልሼ አመጣሁት፡፡ ስለኔ ትውልድ ኢንግሊዘኛ አጠቃቀም…

“Keep Holdin On…”

“I have a headache the size of Jupiter. I hate everything. And I don’t want to write this blog entry. Amen. Let’s begin. The Italians say something about the pleasure of not doing anything. I want them to riddle me the agony of not wanting to do anything. Sometimes I can’t get my legs to…

“Bear with me, man, I lost my train of thought.”

It feels like it’s been a while. It has been a while. I’ve been trying to reconnect and it hasn’t been going well. It’s not that writing feels like work really but that I’ve kinda become upset with the branding that has come with it. I have lost touch with it. I don’t want to…

Of Narcissism

I think all artists are presumptuous, self-important pricks by nature. Actually I think everyone is like that albeit in denial.  I don’t know if it’s always about attention however. The deprivation of attention can sometimes be demotivating but it can also make us see where we’re going wrong and where we need to stop and re-calibrate what we’re doing. I think it becomes a problem, a Vulnerable Narcissism kinda thing when it gets to us on a massive level that it makes us feel like we’ve been mistreated.