Something About Wanting: On Romina Paula’s “August”

News from Emilia’s brother back in Buenos Aires also calls death to Emilia’s mind. The text is full of references to Argentine and global pop culture, mostly to albums and songs Emilia encounters as she goes through the things in Andrea’s old bedroom. In a metafictional moment, Emilia asks, “What works better in fiction? Indeed,

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The Cult of the Clitoris

Australian urologist Helen O’Connell’s MRI studies demonstrated that the clitoris was not only an external hot button but also a structure of sensitive tissue that extending several inches into the body like an enchanted double wishbone. Mintz’s program is fairly simple but sensible: get to know your body, figure out how to get yourself off,

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“Islandia” and the Dangers of Globalization

The narrative follows the standard trajectory of a literary utopia, introducing a strange and perhaps superior society through the eyes of a visitor. JUNE 16, 2017 SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, a massive novel landed on bookstore shelves. By 1906, the United States has consolidated a Pacific empire under an expansionist president. Interwoven with John Lang’s travels

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LARB Radio Hour: Amelia Gray on Her New Novel “Isadora”; Plus “The Last Wolf” by László Krasznahoraki

Isadora flees Paris, traveling across a Europe that is itself imploding. Then tragedy strikes when her two young children drown in the Seine. The book focuses on two years in the life of Isadora Duncan, the legendary American modern dance pioneer. Also, author Jess Arndt returns to recommend a novella, The Last Wolf, by Hungarian

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Friday Finds: Two Views on Arabic-Nordic Literature

It’s unclear how publishing literature in Nordic countries would address issues of censorship or distribution. Are communities created by Arabic-Nordic literature? However, anything with libraries is good. Also, it is of urgent importance to adopt strategies for including Arabic-Nordic literature as part of the Nordic literature structure and in the collections of Nordic public libraries.

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A Dollar is a Dollar is Not a Dollar: Unmasking the Social and Moral Meanings of Money

She is the author of   The Purchase of Intimacy,   Pricing the Priceless Child, Economic Lives,   and   Morals and Markets. But the revisionists go even further by boldly challenging our usual understandings of money’s morality. Wherry, interdisciplinary scholars map out multiple facets of money’s moral as well as social and emotional life.

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Banality of Evil Redux

The detainee is pulled forward and then quickly and firmly pushed into a flexible false wall so that his shoulder blades hit the wall. [Mitchell specifies no limitation on frequency.] Most readers will pause at this point in Mitchell’s book to digest the full impact of what they have just read: the United States government

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Torture: On the Wrong Side of History

Mitchell pitched his ideas, and the CIA immediately initiated the approval process through the National Security Council and to the president’s desk to implement the program. Much of Mitchell’s recent book Enhanced Interrogation (co-written with Bill Harlow) is spent affirming that his techniques work. Mitchell also asserts that   information obtained through torture “was used

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On the Challenges of Translating Ibn Qutaybah, and His Central Place in Western Scholarship

Who would you like to read this? So that was one challenge—working out what he was saying and who he was. Also, in terms of its language, it’s quite a challenge to translate, and I’ve enjoyed the challenge. The main opponent who he names is Abu ʿUbaydah, who dies in 825, and that’s nowhere near

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9-Book Shortlist Announced for 2017 Palestine Book Awards

Tauris) Ben Ehrenreich: The Way to the Spring (Granta Publications) Samia Halaby: Drawing the Kafr Qassem Massacre (Schilt Publishing) Ilan Pappe: The Biggest Prison on Earth: A history of the Occupied Territories (One World Publications) Laila Parsons: The Commander: Fawzi Al-Qawuqji and the fight for Arab Independence 1914-1948 (Saqi Books) Ella Shohat: On the Arab-Jew,

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Simulation Liberation Army

Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature (2015), Neither Peace nor Freedom: The Cultural Cold War in Latin America (2015), and Finks: How the CIA Tricked the World’s Best Writers (2017). What was once spoken about behind closed doors is now shared freely in the open air, with Trump associate Roger Stone saying, “Facts are

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