Tel Aviv Diary February 26-March 2, 2018 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

Tel Aviv Diary - February 26-March 2, 2018 Karen Alkalay-Gut

February 26, 2018

In these times of trouble I tried very hard to listen to Trump's speech about gun control and believe in it. I tried very hard to believe that the reforms in food prices here would work. But during the long hour and a half dental procedure this afternoon I listened to the Audible version of the Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky as he descended deeper and deeper into schizophrenia and he was more authentic. It really helped me to go through this grueling operation by listening to a crazy man in 1919 talk about how the stock market is a danger to the world. The Russian accent of the reader helped as well. I could barely distinguish the dentist's 'turn left,' 'open,' 'are you okay?' and that was good.

February 27, 2018

want to read my latest book? It's here. the invitation for the launch is here

what will happen to the refugees? I haven't participated in a single demonstration but i do not stop thinking of them, of the best scenario for each one of them, the worst scenario. and what will happen to our souls if we allow their deportation to such a dangerous future ? after all we have suffered as refugees we should know better...

February 28, 2018

Daily life. I have to stick to daily life here and stay away from politics because politics is so bad. the dangers are everywhere and imminent. And daily life is so wonderful. I go to the grocer and it is so simple and civilized and friendly; I pick up the kids from school and school looks like a little paradise (I suffered a lot - when I was in school); the concept of competition seems minimal to me. of course on the road the agressions emerge. Today on a ride of about twenty minutes I counted 3 accidents that could have happened had the driver not been so adept at avoiding them. But within small communities of people I feel different.

This entry sounds absolutely stupid. what can i say? i've had hiccups for two days since my dental surgery and i'm stupid from exhaustion.

March 1, 2018

Did you know it is Purim today? Me I was Haman - the way I used to play him 65 odd years ago - crazy with anger. Fever, exhaustion, everything all came together to make me grow a long devil moustache and use my power for ill. but nowadays evil wears a short Syrian moustache or goes bare-breasted in mid-winter.

Of course in most cases we don't know the difference between good and evil. And today is the only day we're allowed to mix them up. Does that mean that tomorrow we'll let Aman Tamimi out and apologize? Does it mean we'll lock up some of the politicians who have been using their position to make money?