Best Albanian Expressions

Part 2: Daily Expressions and Colloquialisms Cover Image: Art by Albanian artist Edmond Gjikopulli shows a traditional furniture pattern in Albanian living rooms for many generations with an image of modern children’s sneakers laid on top) In Albanian, as in every language, there are certain idioms which people use in their daily lives that can only be understood with a bit of context. The expressions below are … Continue reading Best Albanian Expressions

Migjeni – Albania’s little big poet

The Songs Unsung Migjeni (Millosh Gergj Nikolla) is considered to be Albania’s national poet of “misery”, partly of his own but mostly that of man, in general. This initially off-putting, yet beautifully accurate, title is the result of his heart-wrenching descriptions of his squalid surroundings. No Albanian poet had neither dared nor cared to tell this particular truth until then. At least not quite in … Continue reading Migjeni – Albania’s little big poet

Best Albanian Expressions

Part 2: Compliments, offenses and ironies In Albania, we have colorful ways of describing people – generally those we do not like or respect. In the expressions below, you’ll see how sarcasm plays an enormous role in our communication with one another. To borrow a nice expression from English, we don’t bite our tongues when it comes to judging people’s faults of character. Derr me … Continue reading Best Albanian Expressions

Best Albanian expressions

Part 1: Words of wisdom (Fjalë të urta) Cover images: Prints by Coco de Paris I find the specific expressions of each different country fascinating, no less for their humor – the inherent kind but also the kind of humor caused by their literal translations – than the fact that they so simply grasp the culture, mindset, spirit of an entire nation. There’s no gray areas and not … Continue reading Best Albanian expressions

Songs of Biblical Proportions: “Take me to Church” and “Hallelujah”

The magical combination of love and religion that spawned endless covers There is a certain magic that happens when [physical] love is described in [literal] terms of faith and religion. Clearly, this works because they, piousness and physical love – are often seen as opposites or, rather, enemies of one another. So when one is taken to describe the other, boundaries of blasphemy are crossed and, in that, there’s certain power … Continue reading Songs of Biblical Proportions: “Take me to Church” and “Hallelujah”

The many faces of dance: The best dance scenes in modern films

..or the faces of many dances. What is it about dance? Good music can easily accomplish what all other art works harder to achieve: the total bypassing of our analytic side for the direct and seamless infiltration into the emotional and instinctual part of us, resulting in the sometimes uncontrollable physical response. Music moves us, quite literally. This response it inspires in us is unlike any other. “Life … Continue reading The many faces of dance: The best dance scenes in modern films

Gustav Klimt and New York Fashion Week 2015

Klimt”s overarching presence in today’s fashion. How have the designs for this year’s New York Fashion Week been influenced by this great artist, nearly a century after his death? I have been admiring the designs from Fashion Week for the past week in order to satisfy my own curiosity. For better or worse, I consider fashion one of the many “branches” of modern art, or one … Continue reading Gustav Klimt and New York Fashion Week 2015