25 June 2016

Heart of darkness

Mercifully, I know of no extant evidence of me and my sister – at age 10 – performing “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” at the school talent show.

Still the memory of it will haunt me to the grave.

It was my idea and we sang it deadpan – without so much as a drop of irony or humor – each of us dressed in a salwar kameez.  

I heard the song in a store this morning and it all came flooding back to me. The horror! The horror!

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