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Italy, Libya, and Bulgaria: Not a Love Triangle

Some months ago, I wrote that it can seem to me that all roads lead to Bulgaria in a mysterious, six degrees of separation sort of way. 1,007 more words


2017 Pulitzer Prize winners announced!

The winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction has been announced, and it’s Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad. It’s a magical-realist take on one woman’s escape from chattel slavery in the American South. 98 more words

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2017 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Here is a selection of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners in the Letters category.  For other category winners, like Journalism and Photography, head to the Pulitzers… 1,050 more words


The Return: Fathers, sons and the land in between - Hisham Matar (2016)

Hisham Matar is a gifted novelist, his novels In the Country of Men and Anatomy of Disappearance captivated me, his writing is beautiful and the stories he tells in those novels unforgettable, and I already knew they were inspired on some level at least, by true events. 870 more words

Wise Words: Hisham Matar

Books written out of fire give me a great deal of pleasure. You get the sense that the world for these writers could not have continued if the book hadn’t been written. 12 more words


Hisham Matar--"Naima" (New Yorker, January 24, 2011)

SOUNDTRACK: ROBERT CRAY BAND-Tiny Desk Concert 246 (October 22, 2012).

Robert Cray is a well-respected blues singer.  He has a smooth voice and a good bluesy guitar sound. 436 more words

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Hisham Matar--"The Book" (New Yorker, June 6 & 13, 2016)

SOUNDTRACK: PATRICK WATSON-Tiny Desk Concert #221  (May 31, 2012).

Patrick Watson is a Montreal-based singer songwriter with whom I was unfamiliar.  But he has received many accolades, including being nominated for the Polaris prize many times (and winning once).  863 more words

Tiny Desk Concert