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Balancing Words and Sound

Since finishing The Idiot on January 2, I have since read Naguib Mahfouz’s Midaq Alley, Amin Maalouf’s Samarkand, Paul Bowles’ The Spider’s House, and The Last Friend, and on Tuesday night I began Amos Oz’s Fima. Yesterday, I just got … Continue reading


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Samarkand and how we’re all to blame

I have just finished reading Naguib Mahfouz’s Midaq Alley and Amin Maalouf’s Samarkand, two excellent novels that help us oustiders understand the mindsets, cultures, and history of Egypt and Persia respectively. As I have mentioned on numerous occassions previously in … Continue reading


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New Year, New Books

One of the first things I buy when I go to the States are books. I prefer to read in English rather than in Spanish (with the sole exception of Spanish literature). Furthermore, there is a greater wealth of novels … Continue reading

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Oum Kalthoum and Naguib Mahfouz

When asked who is the most famous actor in the world, how many of you would say, “Jackie Chan”? Or for the question, who was the most important female celebrity of the 20th Century, how many would say, “Oum Kalthoum”? … Continue reading


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