Literature

Ishmael Reed gets the last laugh

“The crows are gone,” said Ishmael Reed, explaining the songbird chorus. It was a beautiful spring day in Oakland, Calif., And I had just sat down with Reed, his wife, Carla Blank, and their daughter Tennessee in the family garden. The eighty-three-year-old writer looked like “Uncle Ish,” as he calls …

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Festschrift in honor of Denja Abdullahi

When beggars die, you don’t see comets; the heavens themselves are set ablaze for the death of princes. The world is a stage and the people in it are just players. If a child washes his hands, he can eat with kings and elders. These three aphorisms popularized by William …

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Bila Hudood, an online Arabic literature festival, transcends borders

Classical Arab writers and poets like Al-Mutanabbi could not have imagined that centuries later, writers would discuss their masterpieces live with an international audience. Thanks to technology, a global audience was recently able to access a recent Arab Literature Festival called “Bila Hudood: Arab Literature Everywhere”. Bila Hudood – the …

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“Precariousness and belonging” captures the ideas of a global debate on citizenship, migration and socio-economic mobility

An interdisciplinary group of leading academics from UC Santa Cruz has released a new book titled Insecurity & Belonging which culminates in more than five years of collaborative research and discussion around the themes of global migration, citizenship and marginalization. The project began in the spring of 2016, when professor …

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