Latest Edward Said Stories

2008-11-23 12:51:59

German conductor Daniel Barenboim says his participation in the West-Eastern Divan represented his support for peace in the Middle East. By co-founding the youth orchestra in 1999 with late academic Edward Said, Barenboim said he was trying to bring young musicians of Palestinian, Egyptian and Israeli descent a chance to find a common bond, The New York Times reported Sunday. The idea was to give each person a forum to articulate his or her thoughts and beliefs in front of the other, he said....

2006-02-16 08:25:00

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON -- Music is one of few certainties in the life of Ahmad Al-Khatib, a 31-year-old classically trained Palestinian musician touring the United States this month with the four-man Oriental Music Ensemble. Born in a refugee camp in Jordan, the accomplished oud player first saw his homeland in 1998 and has been working with the Jerusalem-based Palestinian National Conservatory of Music ever since, but Israel refused to renew his visa in 2002 and has no idea if or...

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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'