11/13 Sarajevo: The Afterparty

So everybody had interesting conversations after the show. Marika drank honey rakija talked to Nancy, a woman who interviewed us for Pink, Bosnian youth TV. Nancy is Croatian/Sudanese and they had a global conversation about being mixed. Nancy had never heard the term "Black don't crack", which she loved and wants to make T-shirts. She told a story about her mom dodging bullets to bring home an egg which cost 100 KM, and how that seemed normal at that time. Cynthia went through a couple of bottles of wine with the journalists from Dani, Irfan and Faruk, more on them later. I drank trava with Muharem, his girlfriend Ajla and their friend Miralem. They are working together on a National Story Project on Bosnian NPR. We talked about the Islamic implications of Heineken in a green bottle, the tobeh of Sem, the fact that the first translation of Moscow Diary into BCS was done in Sarajevo, what's new and cool in Belgrade (the Center for Cultural Decontamination) and a filmmaker who made an homage to Srebrenica (7/11) and 9/11. Apparently this is a felt parallel for many, especially the mothers who do a yearly observance. Miralem, who is in Sem's cohort, gave us more context for life in Sarajevo in the 80s-90s. He commented that “[Death is a Job] defines in the right way the Sarajevan relationship to war: A combination of terror and screwing around. There was no war without humor. I was relieved to hear it--it remains nervewracking to do that song. He also told me not to be too sad for Efendi Spahic of "Imam Bey's Mosque," as he is now happily remarried to a much younger wife and they have had 3 kids so far. Everyone was shocked that I had never read anything by Mesa Selimovic and I promised to read Death and the Dervish as soon as I could. Balkan Alcohol Poisoning, Round 1 concluded with a quote by Tomas Salamun pertinent to tomorrow's schedule: “We have many cemeteries…â€

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