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by Ali Shakir | 06.20.2016
The next time you read an inspiring book, listen to an enchanting melody or even pass by a well-structured piece in some boutique window, do not be surprised if it turns out to be the work of another “architect on hold" struggling to reconcile theory and practice in the contemporary world. 
by Gregory Jusdanis | 06.06.2016
At the end of the service, after the monks left with their stern but beatific expressions, I stepped out to the terrace, hundreds of feet from the sea. At the distance the sun shimmered, calming the waves of the Aegean. The morning was all aglow. Was I beholding a revelation?
by Ato Quayson | 05.23.2016
A reflection on Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila that sets the novel in the context of African and world literature. 
by David Wacks | 05.09.2016
Christian cultural practice in the Iberian Peninsula belies a lingering paganism in the Peninsula well after we assume the total defeat of organized pagan religion: you just have to know where to look.
by Ali Shakir | 05.02.2016
Putting up with the hectic world of social media is not the sole challenge contemporary authors are facing. We are expected to master performance art and entertain an audience not only through our written work, but also by means of public talks and appearances. 
by William Egginton | 04.23.2016
If Shakespeare’s greatest characters quake to their very core with the realization of what they cannot see, or lose their reason altogether when they finally grasp how little they understood, Cervantes crafted an entirely new way of writing around his characters’ limitations and the incompatibility of their different perceptions of the world.
by Natalia Cecire | 04.18.2016
Who's got rhythm?  An American in Paris and the gritty reboot as epistemology of the closet.
by Mohammad Salama | 04.12.2016
“I am Muslim” is now an incomplete sentence, an utterance that must be finessed with a comma and another embedded sentence to mitigate the dismaying associations of the word “Muslim."
by Gregory Jusdanis | 04.11.2016
In the literary market, there is a preference for narrative over analysis that provides plenty of anecdotal evidence but little understanding. 
by Irakli Zurab Kakabadze | 04.04.2016
On the challenges facing the contemporary writer who dares to question the status quo. 

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