Friday, January 16, 2009


The word sahara is of Arabic origin. It means “desert.” The vast expanse of an open desert offers a clean slate—an infinitude of creative possibilities, a canvas upon which to paint mirages. Unbounded by names, forms, and even emptiness itself, the world can be anything one wishes. “Sahara is a magic word—‘a sea of sand.’ The desert has always fascinated explorers, geographers, environmentalists, and novelists, who turned to it for inspiration and adventure” (Andrew Borowiec, Taming the Sahara, 2003).

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