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On Farms
For a country that has lost touch with any mainstream practice of farming, what does it mean for us to want to farm again?
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Al-Qahira
Growing up, your teachers always told you: “Al-Qahira taqharu’l I’ida.” Cairo vanquishes her enemies.
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Sleeper Hit
He sounded ready to cry. If I could see his face better in the dark, it might have scared me even more. Who was this person who felt so deeply?
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The Jaws of Life
To begin again the story: Tawny had been unzipping Carson LaFell’s fly and preparing to fit her head between his stomach and the steering wheel when the big red fire engine came rising over the fogged curve of the earth. I saw it but couldn’t say any
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My Mother’s Stalker
My mother’s stalker is not tall, not short. He wears black sunglasses and khaki shorts and a floral button-down. The flowers resemble bloodied fingers: nails gnawed off, skin sanded away, wands of bone exposed. My mother’s stalker drives a dust-color
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Good Mourning Palestine
Gooood Mourning Pa-les-tiiiiiiiiiine! Hey, this is not a test, this is rocks and stones. Time to rock it from Masaffer Yata to Jerusalem. Is that me or does that sound like a Mahmoud Darwish poem? To Our land, Oh To Our Land, Ana Min Hinaak, Ana Min
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Come Stay
My family is mouths spread wide like wounds, telling everything but the story that must be told.
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Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time . . . (10/20/1916–10/22/1916) Once upon a time, there was a lord who lit Fire to his castle, so as to be free to wander the great roads of the world. He ventured everywhere, stopping only when his means were spent. And here I sit, tr
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The Middle Field
A doctor told me the heart never forgets a child. If true, hers guards the memory of me like a jealous secret.
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Rachel Nolan: In the Best Interest of the Child
A new book gets inside Guatemala’s international adoption industry and the complicated context of deciding a child’s welfare.
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Stillwaters
I am driving to stillwaters, to Stilbaai. Driving a narrow dirt road along wide empty land that bears sign of scars. White wash farm homes stare blank at open veld. Shutter-style windows and empty doorways gape like jackal jaws locked in rigor mortis
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Confrontations
We start the year confronting — and confronted by — the centripetal power of whiteness. Youssef Rakha, a novelist who was born and lives in Egypt, recounts a lifelong journey to forge the “new, contemporary ore” of culture in the aftermath of coloni
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I, Ghost
A surly old man is speaking Hebrew on my laptop screen. He scowls. He says, “I have ordered a complete siege.” He gestures his resolve. He says, “No electricity, no food, no fuel, no water,” counting on his fingers to emphasize each negation. He glar
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“The Last Time I Came to Burn Paper”
There are much easier ways to write a debut novel, but Aube Rey Lescure has decided to have none of ease. River East, River West is an intergenerational epic, the story of a single family whose lives span a period of sweeping cultural change in China
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Threshold
The bathhouse was a straight shot north of Michael’s home, tucked into the northeastern corner of Volunteer Park. Peddling into the parking lot, Michael felt serene, the cool night air cleansing him of the anxiety that had ribbed him all day. Club At
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The Robert Poems
Perhaps Robert Blake, c. 1779-80 The boy’s hand rests upon an unknown object. One imagines the solid back of a chair, omitted. A slight bend at the knee — coquettish and troubled he stands with his face turned down like he isn’t there at all. Like he
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A Spoonful
of sugar helps the Metformin go down. Mine are syrupy sentences, sweetheart. I save them for perverted spelling bees. Then I slip the leftovers, as epistles, into pill bottles. I send them to patients. Dear fellow asthmatic-dramatic-diabetic- 60px;em
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Ground Zero
He’d tried to scrounge together a certain kind of life for himself in this reptile pit that teetered on the brink of the world, but he craved home.
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Art as Activism
When the Israeli bombardment of Gaza began, Faisal Saleh reached out to US museums, interested in whether they would make statements in solidarity with artists from Gaza. “The museums told me they focus on programming,” Saleh told me by telephone. “S
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Before and After
In our last issue of the year, we share work that explores a moment of change — an often unarticulated, sometimes unnoticed moment where our worlds, individual and collective, seem to cleave. To do so, April Zhu and Theo Aalders must complicate nonfi
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Stewart Sinclair: Moving Objects, Moving People
Stewart Lawrence Sinclair, author of Juggling, imagines what’s possible when we make room for things that don’t necessarily have a point.
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On Beauty and Violence
As a child, violence was a geography I could visualize: a slab of earth in the Minnesotan suburbs, with a rock garden and two pink azaleas, a geography from which I could flee. It spanned to the neighbor’s forked metal fence, whose sharp black tines
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A Loud and Hungry Darkness
Twenty years after the Second Intifada, Samar Batrawi reflects on stories of life endured under Israeli military occupation in Ramallah. Through a mosaic of personal and collective memories, the writer and friends from her youth unearth what they rem
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Vanishing Line
On January 11, 2023, the road was a crime scene. That day, an IED exploded beneath the first car in a convoy of Kenyan engineers and construction workers, killing all four passengers. Only the road witnessed the militants digging the hole to place th
Guernica Magazine8 min readGender Studies
Amanda Montei: The Impossible Desire
Amanda Montei’s Touched Out is a new kind of expedition across and within a mother’s body. In some ways, the memoir slots easily within a motherhood canon that has developed over the last decade, one that moves away from dispensing advice to reckon i
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Komorebi
Somewhere on another continent, in a city far away, on the twenty-fourth of January, a clock chimed at midnight, indicating we had run out of time.
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If You Cut Me, My Mother Bleeds
There were limits to what you were willing to dare with a body that, by some weird alchemical feat of skin and blood, you shared with your mother.
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