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In Conversation

Manijeh Moradian with Golnar Adili

Finding Manijeh felt like putting yet another piece of the puzzle of my fragmented past into place. In fact, we had just started—separately and unaware of one another’s journeys—to reckon with our parents’ revolutionary pasts. More precisely, it was revolutionary affects, the core of Manijeh's book This Flame Within, which brought us back together. 

In Conversation

John Keene with Akil Kumarasamy

One of the things I love about poetry books is that they have this sense that you’re going on a journey and it’s an associative journey.

Asja Bakić’s Sweetlust

Asja Bakić writes with rare wit about lust, love, science, the climate disaster, time travel, and even provides a female take on the sufferings of Goethe’s Young Werther.

In Conversation

Yerra Sugarman with Tony Leuzzi

Earlier in our discussion, printed below, Sugarman noted a “moral risk of representing the Holocaust in literature … in domesticating the unspeakable horrors of the Shoah … using aesthetic conventions to grasp the ungraspable.”

In Conversation

Steven Powell with Jill Dearman

When it comes to James Ellroy, Powell is the go-to expert who plays sleuth to the inventor of many an L.A. sleuth.

Yevgenia Belorusets’s War Diary

War Diary mounts an unrelenting assault on civilized comforts.

Nadia Uddin’s Edison in the Hood

The story unfolds amidst a world of compelling innovation, and yet much of its tension centers around the age-old dilemma of familial relationships.

Barbara Chase-Riboud’s I Always Knew: A Memoir

I Always Knew: A Memoir (Princeton University Press, 2022) is the intimate, profound introduction to a life constantly driven by intelligence, creativity, restless at times, always thoughtful.


The Brooklyn Rail

FEB 2023

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