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More Like Painting Than Writing

My typewriter nostalgia syndrome, or TNS, can be traced back almost thirteen years ago to my small Kosovo apartment. I was in the process of writing my second unpublished “novel.” Kosovo was still recovering from symptoms of post-war anarchy. At that age I wouldn’t have cared much for politics if it weren’t for the constant electricity cuts that shut off my Pentium III desktop and left me in the dark. The unexpected nature of the blackouts would not only have me losing the hard work (albeit of questionable quality) I had just written, but it would prevent me from writing for the next two to four hours. This is how I started using my father’s bright orange UNIS tbm De Luxe typewriter to type out my first draft under candlelight during those dark winter nights.

Readings: “Splashes”

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

Martin Cathrae - airplane night

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.


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.


Of Expats and Astronauts

It has been exactly three years since your last trip home. That is longer than two round-trips to Mars. Last time that you stayed this long without visiting home, you almost went mad, literally. Not sure if you technically qualify as part of diaspora, you always considered yourself more of a lone wolf. But being scattered and displaced throughout space and time, and constantly thinking of home, sure matches the definition of diaspora. But, not having that sense of permanence to the place you currently live in, you not only identify yourself as an expat, but you often even feel like an astronaut.


How Blogging Saved My Life, and Other Stories of Literary Bravery

or, What I really Blog About, When I Blog About Blogging
In this way, blogging became a tool through which I try to understand the World around me and make sense of the unknown. There are so many things that I still do not fully understand, such as human emotions, fluctuations of the stock market, whether love is eternal or ephemeral, quantum physics, what truth is, and how things fall in place and work in unison. That is why I write about things I don’t fully understand, and during this process I end up discovering things and come to realizations previously unknown to me.


Top 5 Comic Books

Now that you are succeeding in keeping all those New Year’s resolutions, and you stopped smoking, started going to the gym, are eating healthy foods, became more disciplined, and are constantly striving for perfection in your work and studies, now you deserve to reward yourself. As a solution, we propose a nice compromise that will both entertain and enlighten you at the same time. We are referring, of course, to comic books, and these are some of our favorites…


Scientifically Speaking: The Commercial Space Race

The success of the Dragon capsule is an example of American ingenuity and entrepreneurship. It is a great model on how the state can help incubate businesses. We in Kosovo should learn from such models, if not for launching rockets, then at least launching small promising start ups that would help improve the local economy.