Monthly Archives: April 2011

Pork

“I would buy a woman with forty rial.” Nasser, the class clown, said that. I had emptied my pockets in order to explain the meanings of “less,” “more,” “a little,” and “a lot.” “You see? Twenty rial is less, forty … Continue reading

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Guests

The Syrian restaurateur won’t let me leave a tip, so I have to sneak extra cash into his hand and hope he doesn’t notice. But he doesn’t notice only when he is especially hazy about his prices, with which he maintains … Continue reading

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Friends and neighbors

Colin’s drunkenness, the reward for his nightly surfeit of Guinness, makes me embarrassed for him in front of my Jordanian friends. But I wonder if Mustafa and Khadija understand what his slurred speech betrays? Like almost all the Muslims whom … Continue reading

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In the wadi

The Arab boys had all the time in the world for my wife, if she would just come out of the water. One finds many beautiful faces among the women in Oman. But they show no more than their faces … Continue reading

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Waiting for the other sandal

Said’s three mothers rejoiced to see all nineteen of their children live. A college student in Muscat now visiting friends here in Sur, Said is the eldest child and therefore the first to attend college, though he will not be … Continue reading

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