The latest episode of Bulaq focused around a collection of interviews with Mahmoud Darwish, titled "Palestine as Metaphor."
Can a poem save the world? Can a novel change the course of humanity? Can a hybrid work leap a building in a single bound?
In Bulaq Episode 38, we discussed a picaresque, surprisingly joyful tale set in an evacuated village during the Iran-Iraq war; the TV adaption Elliott Colla's Baghdad Noir; and the evolution -- or partial evolution, anyhow -- of reviews of Arabic literature in translation.
On Episode 37, Ursula Lindsey & M Lynx Qualey talked about two festivals (one long-established, one brand new) that celebrate Palestinian literature; an author who was penalized for supporting BDS; and a book that asks the question: What would happen if Palestinians simply disappeared?
Our guest this episode was Ruqaya Izzidien, author of The Watermelon Boys, which was shortlisted for this year’s Betty Trask Prize.
What are you willing (and not willing) to do for free?
And there is a lengthy detour into the storycraft of Yusuf Idris.
Bulaq co-hosts M Lynx Qualey and Ursula Lindsey talk about the process of selecting "best-of" lists at the end of the year.
"We focused our talk on her "duets," recent works that move between Arabic and English."
While you're on your way to the polls -- or as you wait for results, or as you assiduously ignore what's going on in the US -- catch up on any Bulaqs you might have missed.
ReMarks’ new book, "And then God Created the Middle East and Said ‘Let There Be Breaking News’" is forthcoming July 9.
"We spent some time with the collection Marrakech Noir, ed. Yassin Adnan, which is coming out from Akashic Books in August."