Good Bye January

by - Monday, January 31, 2011

If each year was a salad, January would be lettuce. It is necessary to be there, to sort of cut the intensity of December and give people time to commit to their diets, but nothing that memorable usually happens. On the other hand, this month just went so quickly!

We've been trying to keep up with all of the politics in Egypt lately. This is absolutely our dream trip that we have talked about for eight years (Nick even wanted to be an Egyptologist as little kid), and I think it is so anxiety-inducing to watch it go through so much political upheaval. From my perspective, it is totally fascinating and horrifying that these political frustrations were taken out on historical artifacts. As a future tourist, privileged American and cultural fetishist, I can't help but feel thankful that they are taking extreme efforts to preserve their monuments. On the other hand, I have spent a lot of time wondering how defacing ancient artifacts can be powerful action against a contemporary regime. Especially considering the authoritarian reaction has been to cut them off from contemporary media. It certainly goes to show the ways action toward representation can manifest both antagonism about antiquated models of rule and anxieties about what will happen when these people have too much access to the present.

Anyway, now I am trying to figure out ways we can help here. I have been reading up on how to support Egyptians getting their internet back (Huffington Post wrote an article on it- I'm also just looking for other ways to help, so if you know anything, let me know!

Other than that, I am rounding out the month with a bunch of reading on Matisse and meetings. This is why, six months from now, I will only have sad memories from this month. Here's to a happy-eventful February.

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