Weekend Reading

Something Completely Fabulous

Something Completely Fabulous

"As I say, it is perhaps easier to love America passionately, when you look at it through the wrong end of the telescope, across all the Atlantic water...than when you are right there. When you are actually in America, America hurts," says Rabih Alameddine, in his fabulous chats with Kat Colvert, 2021 Cheuse Fellow.

Blurring Borders

Blurring Borders

Read Stages of Grief in Klara Kalu's new column, "Blurring Borders." Kalu is a first-year Fiction Creative Writing student in the MFA program at George Mason University. She writes contemporary stories that enlighten and offer insights into the intricacies of African narratives, focusing on themes of love, loss, and resilience.

"Art of Living" by Alex Pham launches  "Belonging and Exile"

"Art of Living" by Alex Pham launches "Belonging and Exile"

"But in her I’ve begun to see something, something impossibly bright and blinding and clear." Read Mason undergraduate Alex Pham's essay on "In-betweenness," and his encounters with Azar Nafisi, author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran."

The adventures of a father and son

The adventures of a father and son

What is truly memorable, however, is Vopěnka’s exploration of love. He doesn’t stint from marital difficulty, lust, longing, regret, parental ignorance, and emotional callousness. But neither does he stint from the essential love that binds humanity.

You’re Not A Racist by Bisi Adjapon

You’re Not A Racist by Bisi Adjapon

You’re not a racist; you’re my liberal friend, the one who applauds my Africanness. But one day, in your home, you asked me never to leave the window open lest some ...

An Interview with Svetlana Alexievich

An Interview with Svetlana Alexievich

"There are moments when I become deeply despaired about whether words have any significance at all. But still, our mission does not change. Literature must foster humans and make the souls of people stronger in order to overcome the loneliness that may swallow up humans when they face atrocious fates."
The Asahi Shimbun

Salman Rushdie Has a New Book

Salman Rushdie Has a New Book

"Now, with the release of Victory City, writers are again rallying around Rushdie to champion his work. Many see it as a moment to celebrate Rushdie’s exuberant and playful imagination, to turn attention back to his fiction and to savor the fact that Rushdie is here to witness the reception of his novel. Some say the book’s overarching message — that stories will outlast political clashes, wars, the collapse of empires and civilizations — has taken on a heightened resonance in light of what Rushdie has endured."
The New York Times

Leeya Mehta: Women, Life, Freedom

Leeya Mehta: Women, Life, Freedom

“One Zan” framed an afternoon of readings on H Street in Northeast Washington, DC, during which American women read works alongside Iranian women. I learned about Iranian women writers who have been prodigious in their production of revolutionary works. I learned, for example, that over the last 200 years, Persian poets like Tahereh were executed for exercising their voice and agency.