Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Celebrity Suicides

Celebrity suicides are in the news again. First there was Kate Spade, about whom I know two things: that she made bags, and that she hanged herself. Then there was … Continue reading

June 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

On suicide, depression and euthanasia

When the actor Robin Williams died recently – more specifically, killed himself – there was the usual outpouring of comments about suicide and the wider issue of depression. As ever, … Continue reading

September 6, 2014 · 5 Comments

Janarthanan

Characteristically wise and horrible words from Ghassan Hage: You chose the wrong place to douse yourself in petrol and set yourself alight Janarthanan, Don’t even expect to make the front … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

Why I’m not getting a smartphone (for as long as possible)

One of the few irritations of an absolutely amazing two years on Edinburgh University’s Arab World Studies MSc has been the background pressure to get a smartphone. Or an iPad. … Continue reading

September 3, 2013 · 11 Comments