Reverberations

Married with two children. If there is any weakness in this novel it’s that it seems at times people are generally too understanding and sympathetic, with a lack of complexity in their responses. Supporting characters are almost too willing to take the women’s side, when, day after day, in social and mainstream media, we see

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Marginalia

In personal essays that range from the short and pithy to the long and involved, Crosley mines the absurdities of life in her 30s in New York City for both humor and deep human feeling. She has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review Daily, and Longreads, among other places. Crosley’s jokes

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‘But What About Fidelity?’: Moving Beyond Translation’s ‘Christian Metaphysics’

This is like saying that all hands must be left. Colla works to situate and particularize translation theories, which generally have fashioned themselves as universal: Translation theory in the literary disciplines has been largely blind to this history, choosing instead to focus on a marginal slice of translation activity—literary translation—and imbuing it with a spirit

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Thinking About Believing: On Marilynne Robinson’s “What Are We Doing Here?”

To embrace humanistic Christianity in this regard, one would recognize the miraculous selfhood in everyone else and how this revelation reveals the whole span of creation — and you and me in it — as a brilliantly differentiated whole. She links them to John Calvin, of course, and the revolutionary religious reforms of the 14th-century

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The Westworld Rickroll

I find that I dislike the first season of the show, now; to prepare for the new season, I tried to watch it, and I couldn’t. Of course, eagle-eyed internet detectives not only realized but painstakingly documented the multiple timelines that these events turned out to be spread across. Partly this is because—in order to

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Why Raja Alem is Publishing ‘Sarab’ in Translation Before She Publishes in Arabic

Through a sewer, she drags him outside and hides with him in an empty apartment. According to Alem’s agent, Charlotte Seymour, “It is possible that the novel will eventually be published in Arabic; it has simply not been the author’s priority given the difficulties that would likely be entailed” for Alem in Saudi Arabia. From

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Delete Your Account: On the Theory of Platform Capitalism

Brynjolfsson and McAfee argue that many disciplines other than economics are needed to grasp the present situation. What results is a fascinating but uncertain cosmos, filled with computational whorls and layered nodes, but lacking a principle that guides the vision. The “horsemen” themselves, for example, might be associated more with the medieval period than any

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The Emotional Harpoons

Right: You have some highly developed bad guys with strong personalities. I don’t think those things are necessarily yet reflected in The New York Times best seller list, but they’re there. And that is the purpose of it, that it was going to be a two-on-two situation. So when I created Harvey and Stemms, who

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Ibrahim Nasrallah’s ‘The Second War of the Dog’ Wins 2018 International Prize for Arabic Fiction

Al-Rawi’s   Baghdad Clock   will be published in Luke Leafgren’s English translation next month, and Wannous’s   The Frightened Ones   will be published in Elisabeth Jaquette’s translation in 2019. Nasrallah’s futuristic The   Second War of the Dog   or   Dog War II is set against the backdrop of a   Daesh-like

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Serious Laughing Matter: Bassem Youssef on Comedy and the Arab Spring

After all, he had the big personality, the wit, intelligence, charisma, and the piercing blue eyes of a Virginia lake to pull it off. Unlike countless articles and books delicately attempting to make sense of the Arab Spring, Revolution for Dummies stays true to its title, offering a straightforward, for-dummies account of the “clusterfuck” that

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Sex Ed for Christians

Finding qualified faculty members willing to pledge unwavering loyalty to conservative theological orthodoxy also proved difficult. Though still firmly committed to theological conservatism, Wheaton’s administrators — who now preferred to call themselves “evangelicals” rather than “fundamentalists” — undertook the difficult work of distinguishing Biblical truth from mere secular prejudice. Her book is deeply researched, nuanced

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Responding to an Emergency: On Lynn Hunt’s “History: Why it Matters”

Given what we have done to the earth, there may not be much of it. Regardless of “all the efforts of past and present authoritarians to manipulate history and control memory,” she affirms, “history and memory have a way of breaking through, thanks in no small measure to the history written and taught by those

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Where Will You Take Me?

Time Pieces does not find a logical place to stop. This is Dublin in snippets, Dublin on the wing. There are also occasional philosophical interludes, even a few teasing personal asides. Instead, a curious constraint is imposed. Then there is the Joyce business, the idea that a place, a city, can be used up, drained

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Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation: At the American University in Cairo

What issues does it open up? Is there room to discuss   Metro, Istikhdam al-Hayah,   and other contemporary restrictions? Since most undergraduates   know the languages, they pick up much more on nuances, and you can get   away with insider jokes. MH:   Ha, are you calling my course fairly shallow? They gain

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