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Omnivore

Of Arab intellectuals

From NYRB, Joshua Hammer reviews The Egyptians: A Radical History of Egypt’s Unfinished Revolution by Jack Shenker and Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism: Illiberal Intelligentsia and the Future of Egyptian Democracy, ed. Dalia F. Fahmy and Daanish Faruqi. Plight of an Arab intellectual: Jonathan Guyer interviews Sonallah Ibrahim on the “beautiful generation” of the Tahrir Square revolution and how the military saved Egypt from the Muslim Brotherhood. The Arab world has never recovered


Paper Trail

Protesting President Trump’s equivocal remarks about white supremacists in Charlottesville last week, his Committee on the Arts and Humanities has resigned en masse. The committee, which was created in 1982 to advise the president on cultural issues, has sixteen members. Under Trump, those members included artist Chuck Close and author Jhumpa Lahiri. In their letter

Syllabi

Civilizations in Crisis: Chinese Speculative Fiction

Darren HuangIn the Chinese literary world, speculative fiction has long been a necessary means of critique and protest against an overbearing regime. Science fiction authors create new (often dystopian) universes

Daily Review

Trisha Brown: Choreography as Visual Art

Looking at someone you find attractive—better yet, someone you hope also finds you attractive—your gaze might brush the floor before your eyes meet; while you shift from foot to foot, your hand may sweep a lock of hair behind your ear. This feels artless, an outer

Interviews

Rachel Khong

Rachel Khong’s debut novel, Goodbye, Vitamin, begins after the narrator, Ruth, has been suddenly and inexplicably dumped by her fiancÚ. She decides to cut her losses and move home to help her family cope with her father’s recent Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

Excerpt

Moving Kings

Joshua Cohen

Each move had its own logistics, each party to a move its own subterfuges. Because the customers would misrepresent their possessions on the online form, Ruth would have to call and followup: buildings vet prospective tenants, movers vet prospective loads.

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