Dream Work

Some people might see Endless Poetry and want to ask you, “What is poetry?” But I would rather ask, “What is autobiography?” The film is certainly autobiographical. Chile was so far away, they were selling copper and powder for the guns. In the film, there is joy, but there is some sadness too. But, I

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5 Libyan Women Writers Re-shaping the Literary Landscape

After that, she was forced to seek political asylum in Germany, where she now lives. Advertisements Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLinkedInRedditGoogleTumblrPinterestPocketLike this:Like Loading…‹ Reading Dunya Mikhail’s New Book on Daesh’s SurvivorsCategories: #WITMonth, Libya From Mahmoud’s “What Was Not Conceivable,” trans. In the story, a nurse   in the town of Ghadames falls in love with a Ukrainian doctor. Laila

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How Fragile We Were: Why the United States Almost Failed Early

Each of these crises exposed a potential crisis of legitimacy for the federal government. Britain was the United States’s most important trading partner; despite everything, it was linked to the country by cultural ties that inspired considerable affection among many, and it was immensely powerful. Providing any other military aid to France would bring the

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Tell Me I Belong Here: On Charif Shanahan’s “Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing”

Like the bird, the speaker’s many voices probe the desert, navigating distances. In espousing the parts anew, the body becomes less body. Shanahan is a master of shaping his dialectic through lyrical groundwork. That initial poem sets an unshackling precedent, even as it maintains a unifying shape. They are a group who refuse the body

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Safe, but Not Okay: When White Supremacists Came to Our Town

What if the white supremacists shot down that helicopter? They looked like they were on something. I wasn’t technically breaking my promise to my father. Different religious denominations offered prayers, and individuals stepped forward to make speeches. Your elderly parents. Isaac wanted to go but was adamant I stay behind. Some of it was true.

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Art as Target. Art as Grid: On Mary Jo Salter’s “The Surveyors”

But these stronger poems are more effective because they carry the emotional weight of personal experience. This is our house. Love and war come together in “An Afghan Carpet,” which, as we’ve seen, celebrates domesticity and beauty. I found myself freshly alerted, on however pastoral and manageable a scale, to a couple of the numerous

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Reading Dunya Mikhail’s New Book on Daesh’s Survivors

To save his face, he told her she could keep the boy she’d claimed was hers, her nephew, but not to tell anyone. We wonder if Kurdistan is like Narcissus: withdrawn for a while, but will come back to life again. Advertisements Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLinkedInRedditGoogleTumblrPinterestPocketLike this:Like Loading…‹ Must-read Classics by Women: Two New Translations of Nazik

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Conspiratorial Realism: On Vladimir Sorokin, Victor Pelevin, and Russia’s Post-Postmodern Turn

If readers can look past the surprisingly detailed descriptions of sex with planks of wood or the exhausting reptiloid monologues that occupy so many of the novel’s pages, they might find themselves wondering if Pelevin has started to believe in his own inventions. The only artifact of this entire episode is the titular “lamp of

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Coming Home from Irony: An Interview with Percival Everett, Author of “So Much Blue”

It was good to see something different. Does film as a medium, for instance, shape your writing? The meaning of abstraction is pretty abstract. But to presume that I am smart enough to preach a position runs counter to my artistic sense. The place is full of film, TV, and fiction writers. ¤ Yogita Goyal

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Must-read Classics by Women: Two New Translations of Nazik al-Malaika (1923-2007)

An anxious silence gives shape, in his eyes, to cold indifference, as fever dreams shed light in strange, red-tinted hues upon his face. Born in Baghdad on August 23, 1923, she was the daughter of a wealthy and well-educated family. “Meter is the soul that electrifies literary material,” she writes in Issues in Contemporary Poetry,

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A Turkish Woman in the Oedipus Complex: Orhan Pamuk’s “The Red-Haired Woman”

The story spoke to them in just the same way that Oedipus’ murder of his father or Macbeth’s obsession with power and death speak to people throughout the Western world. The success of this novel, subtly staged, is that it allows us to consider how these ideologies might coexist. At the novel’s close, the son,

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Donald E. Westlake: The Writer’s Writer’s Writer

Unlike the racialized criminals of conventional crime fiction — from the paisans of Mario Puzo to the African-American and Latino street gangsters of Elmore Leonard and Chester Himes — Westlake’s bad guys are almost uniformly Waspish and unspecific, from the Carters and Fairfaxes of the Parker books to the multinational corporatist eco-villain, Richard Curtis, of

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On Teaching with Classical Arabic Texts That ‘Capture a Sense of Marvel, Wonder, Humor, And, Above All, Adventure’

I use these selections from the   Expeditions   in my introductory courses (whether to Islam or to Arabic literature) as well as in my more advanced courses on the Qurʾan and Islamic political thought because they are foundational narratives. Here, in an interview that also appears on the Library of Arabic Literature (LAL) website,

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A Pear, a Bear, and Some Hair: Caricature and Freedom of the Press

Many books have been published on the history of caricature, and they always include several of La Caricature’s notorious images. (I assure you, this was written 169 years ago, not yesterday.) Instead of the liberal policies that were promised as a result of the July Revolution of 1830, Louis Philippe immediately instituted press restrictions. Charlie

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Game of Thrones, “Death is the Enemy”

I’m tired of watching interestingly complex female characters become mean and stupid—the Sansa and Arya thing is interesting, intermittently, but it’s also just so damned unnecessary, and requires them both to be maximally petty and mean and lacking in insight or compassion—and I’m SO SO SO tired of seeing Queen Daenerys cheerfully subordinate her entire

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Ruling: Alef Bookstores To Be Taken Over by Egyptian Government

This is the same state-run business that’s set to take over   Daily News Egypt   by the same Thursday decree. It was announced last Thursday that an “Egyptian governmental committee tasked with   appraising and seizing the funds of members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group” was set to confiscate the assets of 16

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