8 November, 2021

Day of the Imprisoned Writer — November 15, 2021

TMR On Novem­ber 15th, every year now for the last 40 years, PEN Inter­na­tion­al has observed the Day of the Impris­oned Writer. With the harass­ment, deten­tion, con­vic­tion and impris­on­ment of writ­ers, jour­nal­ists, aca­d­e­mics and activists on the rise around the world, the folks at PEN have their work cut out…

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15 September, 2021

Displaced: From Beirut to Los Angeles to Beirut

Ara Oshagan I am walk­ing along the nar­row and labyrinthine Armen­ian neigh­bor­hoods of Bourj Ham­moud in Beirut—spaces with names like Nor (new) Marash, Nor Sis, Nor Yoz­gat. These are the name­sakes of towns that hear­ken back to a dis­tant past, to places and lands from which these com­mu­ni­ties, my com­mu­ni­ties…

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15 September, 2021

Why Resistance Is Foundational to Kurdish Literature

Ava Homa how state­less­ness, trau­ma and polit­i­cal exile shaped her nov­el Daugh­ters of Smoke and Fire   Com­ing of age as a Kur­dish girl in Iran, I learned ear­ly on that my being alive was an act of sub­ver­sion. I belong to a peo­ple who have been sub­ject to repeat­ed geno­cides.…

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15 September, 2021

The Limits of Empathy in Rabih Alameddine’s Refugee Saga

The Wrong End of the Telescope a nov­el by Rabih Alameddine Grove Atlantic (Sept 2021) ISBN 9780802157805 Dima Alzayat When in 2018 direc­tor Lena Dun­ham announced she had been hired by pro­duc­ers Steven Spiel­berg and J.J. Abrams to adapt Maris­sa Fleming’s non­fic­tion book, A Hope More Pow­er­ful than the Sea: One…

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3 July, 2021

World Picks: July 2021

Travel the world, meet people, see great places, without ever leaving the comfort of your screen…well, in some cases you can go in person!

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