Sascha Benjamin Cohen

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Author, armchair theorist, and poet, Sascha Benjamin Cohen is equipped with a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas, and is not afraid to use it. During daylight hours he is the Director of Technology Strategy and Development for the UCSF School of Medicine, and Strategic Director for the Ilios Project, an open source curriculum management platform and community for the health professions. His work has been published by the University Press of America, Edwin Mellen Press, University of Texas Press, and a variety of small journals nationwide.

Along with his writing, photography, and general roustabout activities, he also is the proprietor of 3141 Pies, an artisanal bakery in San Francisco, and an avid homebre
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Sascha Benjamin Cohen Hi James. What a difficult question! I honestly don't know how to abandon an interest -- it seems a bit like cutting off your hands and then…moreHi James. What a difficult question! I honestly don't know how to abandon an interest -- it seems a bit like cutting off your hands and then pretending you never had them. That said, if somehow one of my interests and activities were torn away from me, to imagine what I would least long for, or least regret, I'd have to say it would be my engagement in technology. Which would be unfortunate, since that's paying the rent for the other fractional bits of my mind which are writing poems and stories, baking pies and crafting recipes, playing music, delving into politics and history and language, and generally doing things that these days almost by definition *don't* pay the (ever-more exorbitant) San Francisco rent!

Oh -- and I am supremely delighted that you enjoyed the pies. We aim to make people happy with the baking, and it sounds like the goal was achieved. Thank you!(less)
Sascha Benjamin Cohen Inspiration for me is about feeling the need to tell a story, to communicate something to others. The kernels of what stories I wind up telling come…moreInspiration for me is about feeling the need to tell a story, to communicate something to others. The kernels of what stories I wind up telling come from the daily events I see, and hear about, and read about, and take part in as part of my life. That's the abstract part though: the practical mechanics of sitting down and writing --- that requires a little inspiration as well. Usually in the form of a neurotic and overwhelming demand to act productive.

Oh, and removing all entertaining distractions from the room other than a keyboard also helps.(less)
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The Un-Realized YOU

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Bone Theologies: A Poetic Mass

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By the People, for the People

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In Praise of Independent Small Bookstores

from the New York Times today, courtesy of Molly Wood:
People here have thought for centuries about what makes a book industry vibrant, and are watching developments in Britain and America as cautionary tales. “We don’t sell potatoes,” says Mr. Moni. “There are also ideas in books. That’s what’s dangerous. Because the day that you have a large seller that sells 80 percent of books, he’s the one...
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Naomi Shihab Nye
“Later our dreams begin catching fire around the edges, they burn like paper, we wake with our hands full of ash.”
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“Because sometimes I live in a hurricane of words
and not one of them can save me.”
Naomi Shihab Nye, Words Under the Words: Selected Poems

Neil Gaiman
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
Neil Gaiman, Coraline

Stephen Chbosky
“It's just that I don't want to be somebody's crush. If somebody likes me, I want them to like the real me, not what they think I am. And I don't want them to carry it around inside. I want them to show me, so I can feel it too.”
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Claude Lévi-Strauss
“We are right to be rational and to try to increase our production and so keep manufacturing costs down. But we are also right to cherish those very imperfections we are endeavouring to eliminate. Social life consists in destroying that which gives it its savour.”
Levi-Strauss, Claude

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