The Ins and Outs of Europe’s Deep Establishment

It’s a story with no shortage of villains emerging from the poisoned ideology behind economic austerity, from the rather mean-minded Dijsselbloem to a corps of technocrats, both from the EU institutions as well as from inside the sporadically disloyal Greek bureaucracy. A few minutes after that poignant moment with the new prime minister, Varoufakis took

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‘Book of Sleep’: Intensive Reflections from Haytham El-Wardany

Sleeping, in El-Wardany’s view, is a cave where we can escape from the tiring workdays and allow ourselves to be isolated from the world for a few hours. He does this through both linguistic and literary research, allowing us to grow closer to his ideas on the subject in El-Wardany’s unique way. El-Wardany refuses those

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On Anna Maria Maiolino’s “Entrevidas” (Saturday, September 16, 2017)

It may dawn on many, at roughly the same time, that this is Maiolino herself, coaching her grandson from the wings; no one shushes her anymore. Those photographs, a triptych, show the rough cobblestones of a street with several eggs; then, that street with Maiolino’s bare calves and feet, the sole of her right foot

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An Unflinching Take on Love and War: Charmaine Craig’s “Miss Burma”

Now she stands accused of ignoring the genocide of Rohingya people — and her political base, Burman Buddhists like herself, loves her no less for it. “Lack of courage keeps us from understanding others’ perspectives,” a fellow political prisoner tells Benny. Most people don’t know the story Craig is trying to tell — that of

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An Excerpt from ‘The Effacement,’ Shortlisted for the 2017 Prix de la Littérature Arabe

Panicked, my heart racing, I rushed to the bedroom to stand in front of the big mirror. Doctor B. His office was located on the first floor of a small dilapidated building in one of the countless culs-de-sac in the Télemly district. In fact, I only half lied. The moment we left the room, Doctor

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LARB Radio Hour: Karen Tei Yamashita’s “Letters to Memory”; Plus “Sylvia” by Leonard Michaels

LARB Radio Hour: Karen Tei Yamashita’s “Letters to Memory”; Plus “Sylvia” by Leonard Michaels By LARB AV –  October 15, 2017 Karen Tei Yamashita, one of the most celebrated American novelists of her generation, turns historian/archeologist with Letters to Memory, an investigation into the lived experience of the World War Two Japanese Internment Camps, as revealed

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“Still No Master Plan”: The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu’s “2023: A Trilogy”

The table of contents confirmed that Illuminatus! I wasn’t necessarily any closer to understanding the Illuminati when I was done, but I did start keeping an eye out for anybody else who might have read the book. OCTOBER 15, 2017 I SPENT A LARGE CHUNK of my free time in high school working my way

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“A Beautiful Space That Slips Away”: Philippe Soupault and the French Avant-Garde

He beautifully conveys the passage of time and its impact on individuals and their relationships. A more amiable figure than many of his cohort, Soupault was, according to Breton, “joy personified, the poetry of the fleeting moment, prodigiously tactful, a beautiful space that slips away.” Poetry was at the core of Soupault’s wordview: he called

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Sunday Submissions: CSU Poetry Center Looking for Poetry in Translation

Please email materials to associate director Hilary Plum at h.plum [at] csuohio [dot] edu. Advertisements Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLinkedInRedditGoogleTumblrWhatsAppPinterestTelegramPocketSkypeLike this:Like Loading…‹ The Great Arabic Boxing Novel: Ma’n Abu Taleb’s ‘All the Battles’Categories: poetry Full manuscripts are welcome. The CSU Poetry Center has just opened for submissions of poetry in translation: They have posted the following call: Poetry in

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Golden Girls Forever: The Enduring Legacy of TV’s Favorite Golden Ladies

They talked about homelessness. The Golden Girls empowered people. At times fearlessly challenging, The Golden Girls, created by veteran TV writer Susan Harris, was not your grandma’s sitcom. There has always been a huge group of older women who are underemployed due to age discrimination, so I have no doubt that there are way more

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Dystopian Surrealism for Our Times: Karin Tidbeck’s “Amatka”

Advance reviews categorize Amatka as feminist science fiction, invoking Ursula K. While this is true, it doesn’t fully capture the novel’s strengths. To the question of the ways language restricts individual consciousness, and therefore interactions, and the fabric of the social body, the labeling process can be read as a metaphor for the intense psychological

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The Great Arabic Boxing Novel: Ma’n Abu Taleb’s ‘All the Battles’

All the Battles opens on the eve of Saed’s first major fight. As a species, we have grown up around fist fighting. Indeed, the charming Saed is on the cusp of major success, poised to win a lucrative contract from Etisalat. It’s about masculinity, social class, the contemporary media, movement, and choice. The sport is

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The Men Will Cry

Chase looks up, sees me, and shouts, “Ollie what the fuck!!!” The guy is like stumbling to put his clothes on, yanking up his boxer-briefs with the rubber still drooping off his thing like a fake nose at Halloween. I want to know I can make their dicks rise up, like a snake charmer, or

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Friday Finds: Hisham Bustani’s ‘Crossing,’ Translated by Maia Tabet

Znaidi is a poet, winner of the Split This Rock/Mutanabbi Street Starts Here poetry translation award, and the author-editor behind Tunisian Literature (in English). Read all four poems. The blueness of a dawn redolent of the sea’s breaths and the scent of the departure’s white lilies. and 4 p.m. Now and then, from beyond the

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