• From Reading Morocco: Reading Crisis Alarms Moroccan Writers. As it is here, so it is elsewhere. The quotes put the blame on readers, although I am not so sure the blame doesn’t also fall on writers. Certainly, there are things we could be saying that would make reading more relevant and alive in people’s daily lives.

“Yemeni literature’s status is no less shaken than the political, economical, social and security status in the country. Standards have been mixed. An individual would disagree with plurality and the plurality would disagree within them. Moodiness is what dominates the landscape in Yemen.”

  • Upcoming event: AUC Press “In Translation” lecture with award-winning translator Humphrey Davies. Monday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m., Oriental Hall. Downtown campus. The AUC is working on new programs to raise the flag of translation; an interesting piece in The Chronicle on Higher Education discusses how translators (and they’re talking just about European languages) struggle.