Here and Elsewhere: Marrakech

2020-08-17T17:43:14-05:00

When I invited my desk calendar to influence my reading plans, I was hoping to explore a city like this. Previously I could not have named a single Moroccan author—now there are several on my TBR list—and from the moment my research began, my starting point was clear. Tahar

Here and Elsewhere: Marrakech2020-08-17T17:43:14-05:00

Khanh Ha’s Mrs. Rossi’s Dream (2019)

2019-06-03T12:08:56-05:00

Khanh Ha’s third novel, Mrs. Rossi’s Dream (The Permanent Press, 2019) is an ideal companion to Flesh (2012) and The Demon Who Peddled Longing (2014). The reader’s guide is Lê Giang: the story begins and ends with him, in 1987, when he is living in a coastal town in the

Khanh Ha’s Mrs. Rossi’s Dream (2019)2019-06-03T12:08:56-05:00

Amitav Ghosh’s The Ibis Trilogy (2008; 2011; 2015)

2018-06-20T18:00:48-05:00

Can you be trusted to finish a series? My track record with them is spotty, at best. But I'm working hard to improve my reputation. This year, I started and finished reading Amitav Ghosh's trilogy, each volume over 500 pages (but the page-turning sort of pages). Hopefully the other

Amitav Ghosh’s The Ibis Trilogy (2008; 2011; 2015)2018-06-20T18:00:48-05:00

Wartime, Summertime: Reading A Long Watch

2017-09-07T17:13:06-05:00

It is a privilege to confine one's experience of war to a particular season, to the printed page. That must be said. That is certainly a privilege in this world. Even if it should be a right. This summer I have plucked some of these nelgected stories from the

Wartime, Summertime: Reading A Long Watch2017-09-07T17:13:06-05:00

Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017)

2017-09-07T17:04:14-05:00

The dead fuel Jesmyn Ward's novels. She feels the weight of their stories; she shoulders them, shares them. In Sing, Unburied, Sing, their chorus of voices - even in the epigraphs but also in the novel - reverberates between and beyond the covers. Ward's are heart-shattering stories. But they

Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017)2017-09-07T17:04:14-05:00
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