John Lingan has a good point in “Everybody’s Got Advice”, posted over at The Constant Conversation. When writers give advice, they have in mind their own process, their own product, their own (sometimes narrow) tastes. Ultimately, perhaps the only thing… Read More ›
Now the Lebanese are trying to get in on the death-of-Arabic act. Apparently, my six-year-old knows more written Arabic than many Lebanese university students*, who are apparently unable to recite the alphabet. According to an article in Middle East Online:… Read More ›
Qantara has up a new interview with Lebanese author Iman Humaydan Younes. Humaydan Younes is the author of Wild Mulberries (review from Banipal; introduction from the book’s translator, Michelle Hartman)and B. as in Beirut (a more critical review from BookSlut).
That’s the School Library Journal’s assessment of the U.S. ALA convention: Graphic novels are everywhere, raining down from children’s-book publishers. And, of course, they’re not just for kids any more: Art Spiegelman, Ari Folman, Joe Sacco, Marjane Satrapi, Darwyn Cooke… Read More ›
The International “Arab” fair is different from the International “French” book fair, which took place earlier in the year. I think someone should’ve told Michael Luongo, who’s there to promote the Arabic-language version of his Gay Travels in the Muslim… Read More ›
Most of the “best-of” lists I’ve seen in the U.S. and U.K. presses are awash with the regulars: Alice Munro, Lydia Davis, ta-di-di-dah. Of course, they’re lovely writers. But! Occasionally, you do want to see the odd foreigner. And now,… Read More ›
The print media is rife with the “best books of 2009,” and I’m sure we’ll soon see countdowns of dozens of other things (“top news stories,” “best frauds perpetrated by wanna-be reality TV stars,” and so on). Having worked in… Read More ›
My interest in Arabic literature follows my interest in all literature: it’s artistic, it’s sympathetic, it’s aesthetic. My ideal book could be Sonallah Ibrahim’s (Egyptian) Stealth, could be W.G. Sebald’s (German) Austerlitz, but it’s definitely not So-and-So’s Sexy, Tongue-Wagging Look… Read More ›