Situating the Enslaved: Eunsong Kim’s “Gospel of Regicide” and the Politics of Allyship

In Moraga and Anzaldúa’s work, that revolutionary form emerges in part through a mixture of poetry and prose to translate a range of experiences, from Spanish to English, from lyric to prose and back again. A couple pages before the line “divest destroy revolt,” Kim writes, “Public Key: / The traitor isn’t misunderstood, ok? What

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The Sense of Life in What Humans Create: Stephen Greenblatt on Adam and Eve

Well, we’re back to puritanism. There’s no carving out one part of you. Both traditions have this open argument quality, but the Christians, because, I guess, of their immersion in Greek philosophy, really did commit themselves to coming up with an intellectually coherent theology. They try to beat it out of you! That might be

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Book Lovers: Literary Necrophilia in the 21st Century

The philosopher Martin Heidegger thought autobiography had nothing to do with “good” writing. It was told by Jacques Derrida in the film, Derrida (2002), a purely anecdotal biography that shows the French philosopher making some breakfast that is not a croissant, and choosing his teaching suits, but little of his work, other than what is

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On the Anniversary of Jurji Zaydan’s Birth, that Bad Bitch Shajar al-Dur and 5 More

How did you first experience your grandfather’s books? My few contacts suggested some names as did some publishers whom I was considering to publish the translations. But given that Zaidan’s primary purpose was education they incorporate much more political and cultural history than the novels of Scott and Dumas. They were written in a very

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Free-Range Horror

Townspeople speculate about the presence of one or more sexual predators. The authors of these pieces repeatedly invoke statistics to demonstrate that the rate of stranger abductions did not actually rise during the period in which fear of this act rose exponentially. And yet some rationality remained, even until the end: as the Creature hooked

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Coaxing the Lizard Out of His Burrow: Marcel Kurpershoek on Hmedan al-Shwe’ir and Najdi Poetry Before Wahhabism

So animals are used as a moral tale. At that time, you had the Ikhwan, and I heard so many stories of families whose manuscripts they burned, or the families burned the manuscripts themselves because in many families at least some joined the movement. So, if it’s published, it kind of means that the government

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Class Acts

The girls are quicker to confide; the boys sometimes reveal themselves more when she attends their sporting events. Williams knew nothing about [the Salvadoran] Lisbeth’s odyssey until I told him what she had recounted. He was gaining control of the room academically and losing control socially. or Lisbeth was taking selfies with her cheek pressed

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Louise Erdrich’s Dystopian Dreams in “Future Home of the Living God”

Why are people trying to escape to California? Bush’s reinstatement of the global gag rule. She’s a Native or part-Native woman adopted by white Minneapolis progressives Sera and Glen. He tells Cedar she should leave, and though she’s initially confused by the warning, it turns out that the government is searching for any pregnant women

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4 in Translation By Naguib Mahfouz Medal Winner Huzama Habayeb

Abu Hafez scratched his balls beneath the table with one hand and with the other straightened his coarse moustache. For the old-timers of the coffee shop, their desire to know what happened had become a burning, tantalising compulsion that cooled somewhat when Abu Shawkat paused.           Keep reading. There you were:

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Other People’s Children, Part 3, or Ghost Touches: Myriam Gurba’s “Mean” and Sexual Violence

It takes us a while, though, to get to Gurba’s rape, and the details, as she admits, aren’t fully forthcoming. That story, itself, recalls an earlier version in which the same god demands the sacrifice of his servant’s son as a test of loyalty. […] Being mean to boys is fun and a second-wave feminist

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The Legacy of Eric Garner: Policing Still Going Wrong

In I Can’t Breathe, Taibbi titles almost all of his chapters after an individual whose experience prompts a wider discussion about the Garner story and the black experience with the American justice system. Thompson would have referred to as the System. Donald Trump has never quite said that, but his appeals to white supremacists before

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Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature to Huzama Habayeb for ‘A New Kind of Palestinian Novel’

Early   in the novel, Hawwa travels through the furrowed alley to take the cramped bus from the camp to the workshop   of the beautiful Syrian seamstress Qamar in the city. Judge Shereen Abouelnaga likened it to Hoda Barakat’s   Tiller of Waters,   another novel with fabric as a central motif, writing that,

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Anti-Fascism Beyond the Headlines: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore Interviews Mark Bray

One month after publication, the book is already on its third printing. Defining fascism prior to 1945 can be a fraught endeavor, especially since fascists casually adopted and abandoned ideas. I’m fascinated by an interview on MSNBC where you were featured alongside Richard Cohen, the president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which could be

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