The Nature of the Beast

When Zoë is born, Merkin is thrilled, but she soon falls into a severe postpartum depression that lands her in the hospital. And in this sense, Merkin sets herself a tricky task — to be depressed is to be repetitive, unable to entertain an alternative point of view, trapped within a maddening insistence on one’s

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Three Questions for Frederick Luis Aldama Regarding His Debut Short Story Collection, “Long Stories Cut Short”

It works metaphorically and literally, especially if the reader fills in the gaps with the tragic fuller story of those 43 students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College, Mexico, who were murdered by the cartels working as an appendage to the corrupt state apparatus. I’m reminded every day that as a Latino in the United States,

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Predator of Press Freedom v. Prisoner of Conscience

I vomit frequently. “It’s what I know, and what I can confirm,” he says of the predatory system. “Shawkan” The Depths of Oppression “If they won’t release Shawkan, I’ll bring him home,” Elrasam thought to himself in mid-January. (If Donald Trump’s “running war with the media” — e.g., his “you are fake news” and “very

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How to Donate to the ‘Library in Gaza’ Project

There’s Yassin Adnan’s ‘Hot Maroc’Categories: Palestine, libraries Besides having sections of English and Arabic sources, it will have a section of electronic sources so that students and researchers can get access to world wide databases. The project’s Facebook page   notes you can ship books “online or through your local post office” to Mosab Abu Toha

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Pankaj Mishra on the Violent Transition to Modernity

Everywhere, the creation of a modern commercial society has been experienced as both a dizzying excitement and a wrenching dislocation. The world’s present turmoil — from the rise of ISIS in the Middle East to the populist forces reshaping global politics — echoes the West’s own violent transition to modernity two centuries ago. It has

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Tired of Cyberbullying and Fake Rebels? There’s Yassin Adnan’s ‘Hot Maroc’

The titular “Hot Maroc” is the name of a webzine founded by the protagonist, Rahhal, with a couple of friends after university. She works as translator and journalist and is currently enrolled in a MA program in Editorial and Literary Translation from Arabic. She was also an exchange-student at INALCO in Paris and a Banipal

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In ‘The Drone Eats with Me,’ Reader Between Surveillor and Surveilled

Another main character in the narrative is the faceless drone operator, scrutinizing every detail he can see from his faraway terminal. While under the bombs, Abu Saif meticulously records, where he can, details of war: the names and ages of those dead, the buildings destroyed. At the time, I was unable to come up with

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Patty Yumi Cottrell on Living in Los Angeles, The Best Way to Shape One’s Grief into an Object, and 7-Eleven Pastries That Look Like Vomit

That nauseating image has stayed with me for years. The rhythm of Bernhard’s sentences is something I want to study for the rest of my life. I think that’s really nice, that everyone can be a writer. I asked her to stop or to use some paragraph breaks, because while I enjoyed being in contact

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The Whole Point About War: On Lara Pawson’s “This Is the Place to Be”

Pawson articulates profound misgivings about the inherently exploitative nature of war journalism. There’s quite a history of people like me — white Europeans — wanting to build revolutions in Angola and other parts of the world. Well, I wouldn’t want to swear on it.” She invokes what cognitive scientists call “the binding problem” — the

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Women and Arabic Literature: News from Cairo and Casablanca

The report catalogued 3,304 new publications in 2016, including 497 academic journals (it excluded textbooks, manuals and publications in the hard sciences). “Serious” literature is, in most languages, a male-dominated business. 11 – 16 — put its focus on women writers, with 30 of the 50 writers identifying as women. There are some exceptions, such

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Business Feminism

They remind us, too, that these are the locations where oppression gets reproduced: the workplace, the legal system, the government. Pagano and Meredith told the two older white women they should read and display more writing by people of color in the store, read about the Civil Rights movement, and do antiracist work with other

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Sunday Submissions: Paid Opportunity for Writers from Seven ‘Banned’ Countries

Advertisements Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLinkedInRedditGoogleTumblrPinterestPocketLike this:Like Loading…‹ 10th Anniversary Readings For Al-Mutanabbi StreetCategories: #LIISSSY, submissions Spread the word! More specifically, they’re seeking unpublished literary fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry from the seven countries on Trump’s “banned “list “that have been created   in response to Trump’s travel ban, or can be interpreted as such.” The deadline is March

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