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Friends, Artists, Scientists, Lend me Your Ears

Shakespearean imitation of Mark Anthony’s speech from Julius Caesar, written in support of #KosovoinUNESCO campaign| Friends, writers, scientists, lend me your ears; | I come to ask your support for Kosovo, | …

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A Kosovar Review of Terminator: Genisys

Movie Review. Terminator: Genisys is a time travel movie in form, function and content. Going back in time is integral to its plot as it’s impossible to watch and not feel the nostalgia for its predecessors (and as such, it will be most enjoyed by those who have seen all of the sequels). This movie is in a sense a time machine for your mind. This puts Terminator: Genisys at an unfair disadvantage. It has to compete for attention like a last-born child faced with the glory and greatness of its elder siblings.

Readings: “Exquisite Corpse”

Exquisite Corpse | Writing and Reading Experiment | a fragment by Artrit Bytyçi | The New School Reading Series | New York City, December 12, 2014

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Walls

In 1948, my maternal grandmother, who lived in Shkodra, Albania, married my grandfather in Tivari, Montenegro (then part of Yugoslavia). Two weeks later, relations between Albania and Yugoslavia deteriorated and their borders closed so tight that no human soul was able to cross to the other side. It was 50 years before she saw her family again.

Readings: “Rocks”

“Rocks” by Artrit Bytyçi | Animal Farm Reading Series | Brooklyn, New York | October 21, 2014

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Splashes

It was my first day of school. And it was appropriate that this occasion be consecrated by splashing water after my steps, as custom required. This ritual would recur many times over the course of my life, marking occasions like the start of a new school year, or a new job, or travels and trips.

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Marshmallow Tests and Corrupt Politicians

In short, the marshmallow test proved that among the most important factors for success is the ability to delay gratification and be self disciplined to do so.
A case could be made that corruption, bribes and embezzlement have their primordial origins in people’s inability to project too far ahead into the future …

Readings: “Splashes”

Reading Series: Splashes – by Artrit Bytyci | The New School for Public Engagement | New York City, October 16, 2013

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Destination: Home

My life is always in motion. Riding in trains, planes and automobiles. Always away from home, spending my life in between luggage. But then again, some things make you feel home, just like Prizren’s kebabs, Tivar’s olives, Tirana’s nightlife, or the fact that you always have to share the backseat of Dad’s car with an oversize bag.

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The Bike and the City

November 3, 2013 has been set as the date for the next round of local elections in Kosovo. It might not be conventional, scientific, or proven — but I have concocted a method of choosing which candidate is worthy of my vote, and I think that it’s worth sharing: I will be focusing on candidates who propose plans about bicycles.