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Omnivore

Back to the Middle East

Daniel Huber (IAI) and Lorenzo Kamel (Bologna): Arab Spring: The Role of the Peripheries. Ariel Ahram (Virginia Tech): War-Making, State-Making, and Non-State Power in Iraq. James M. Dorsey (NTU): How Qatar is its Own Worst Enemy. Understanding the Gulf states: F. Gregory Gause on why the monarchies of the Persian Gulf fall out and get back together — and why it matters for the region and the world. Is the House of Saud teetering on the edge of collapse? A top Iranian figure thinks that the Saudi


Paper Trail

According to Publishers Weekly, the 2015 Book Expo America, which wrapped up this weekend in New York, was “lively.” The “most talked about books” were, the magazine reports, Jonathan Franzen’s Purity and Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire (Stacy Schiff’s The Witches was also in the spotlight). China did, as PW points out, feature prominently

Syllabi

The Innocent/Corrupt

Adam ThirlwellA narrator is a much stranger toy at the novelist's disposal than is usually thought. It's not just something as depressingly ordinary as a character—more a vast system of smuggling. And there's one

Daily Review

Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art

In Charles R. Rushton's 1991 black-and-white portrait, Agnes Martin (1912–2004) sits in a wooden rocking chair in the left third of the frame, beside the white cement wall of her New Mexico studio. One of her canonical six-by-six-feet canvases hangs low to the ground

Interviews

Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson is the only serious and literary person I've encountered whose speech is filled with more "you knows" than mine. Unlike mine, perhaps, her verbal tic is not so much a crutch as a helping hand: she'll be saying something fast, brilliant, and thoughtful, and maybe you don't totally get it, but when she says "you know," she allows you to feel as if you do.

Excerpt

Of Walking in Ice

Werner Herzog

At the end of November 1974, a friend from Paris called and told me that Lotte Eisner was seriously ill and would probably die. I said that this must not be, not at this time, German cinema could not do without her now, we would not permit her death.

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