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FBF Report

Monday, October 4th, 2004
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Official, Schmofficial

Friday, October 1st, 2004

Writing in Al Ahram, Peter Ripken, the director of the Frankfurt-based Society for the Promotion of African, Asian and Latin American Literature shares his thoughts about the Frankfurt Book Fair. Ripken hails the fair’s decision to choose the Arab world as a guest of honor as “courageous,” as if the act of reading literature was […]

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Publish (in English) or Perish?

Friday, September 24th, 2004
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Ramadan Review

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004
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The Story of The Severed Head

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004
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Booker Odds and Ends

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004
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Portrait of the Artist

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

Alexander McCall Smith’s two-part essay for the Scotsman reveals a rather interesting portrait of the artist, and it’s not altogether flattering. In part 1, for instance, McCall Smith talks about being born and growing up in Zimbabwe, but his condemnation of Britain’s colonial past rings hollow. They were in some respects monstrously unjust, although the […]

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Writers Slaving Away at Tech Manuals, Rejoice!

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004
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Marjane Satrapi Reading

Saturday, September 18th, 2004
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Daily Living

Thursday, September 2nd, 2004
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Thanks

Monday, August 30th, 2004
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Mabrouk, Hicham

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004
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Check Back

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004
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Rant Disguised As Review

Sunday, August 22nd, 2004
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Dennis Loy Johnson’s The Big Chill

Wednesday, August 18th, 2004

In going through Dennis Loy Johnson’s The Big Chill, an eyewitness account of George W. Bush’s inauguration day in January 2001, it is hard to believe that one is reading about the president of the world’s biggest superpower rather than about the potentate of a banana republic, who, fearful of the masses, must be protected […]

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Revisionist Lit

Friday, August 6th, 2004
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RSS Feed Problems

Wednesday, August 4th, 2004
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Sin City Muslims

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004
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Reading in Decline

Wednesday, July 7th, 2004
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RSS Feed

Wednesday, July 7th, 2004
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Michelle de Kretser’s The Hamilton Case

Wednesday, July 7th, 2004

Michelle de Kretser’s The Hamilton Case is an unusual work–a mystery novel in which the murder is hardly the most important puzzle in the book. Rather, the real mystery here is the protagonist, Sam Obeysekere. Set in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) The Hamilton Case tells the story of Obeysekere, who was born to wealth but […]

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A Thousand Months

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

Faouzi Bensaidi writes about his teenage years in Morocco, which formed the basis of his movie, A Thousand Months. The opening anecdote is highly illustrative of the repressive atmosphere of the 1980s In the autumn of 1981, when I was 14, I read some of my poetry to my schoolmates. The collection, I blush to […]

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Bipolar

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

Comic fans everywhere, rejoice! Tomer and Assaf Hanuka’s Bipolar is unlike most other comics currently being read. There aren’t any spandex-clad superheroes fighting crime, or sullen anti-heroes saving the world from destruction. Instead, Bipolar brings us into the brothers’ sometimes diametrically opposed worlds. The first section, written and illustrated by Tomer Hanuka, is essentially a […]

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Maps for Lost Lovers

Monday, June 28th, 2004
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It’d be Lost in Translation

Friday, June 18th, 2004

If you don’t speak French, you should learn it just so you can appreciate how funny this is: “Dans le monde merveilleux de la justice (et de l’edition), publier le livre d’une petasse menopause qui prefere les chevres et les bebes phoques aux atres humains (meme moi, je ne prefere pas les chats aux gens, […]

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Junot Diaz’s Drown

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

Another re-read this week, Junot Díaz’s Drown, in honor of a writing workshop with the man himself, next week in San Francisco. Like Maud, I’m a fan of Díaz’s work, and in going through Drown again, I’m surprised at how much some stories have stayed with me since the book came out eight years ago. […]

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Muslim Sexpert

Tuesday, June 15th, 2004
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Pulling a Terry Teachout

Friday, June 11th, 2004
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Blogging Outage

Thursday, June 10th, 2004
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Zadie Smith’s White Teeth

Wednesday, June 9th, 2004

I haven’t been able to find anything that excites me for longer than twenty pages, so I’m re-reading and enjoying) Zadie Smith’s White Teeth. I think the last thing this book needs is yet another review, so I’m taking a break this week. If you’ve read something good lately, feel free to send me your […]

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