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The City and the Writer: In Taos with Melissa Studdard

October 22, 2014

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Taos as you feel/see it? Taos is not…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Atlanta with Erica Wright

October 10, 2014

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.  —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Atlanta as you feel/see it? In a Paris Review…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Oklahoma City with Nathan Brown

October 1, 2014

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                                    Special Series / Oklahoma 2014 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Tulsa with Rilla Askew

September 15, 2014

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Special Series / Oklahoma 2014 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Tulsa as you feel/see…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Norman with Daniel Simon

August 29, 2014

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Special Series / Oklahoma 2014 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Norman as you feel/see…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Iowa City with Chris Merrill

August 18, 2014

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Iowa City as you feel/see it? This is the only UNESCO…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In New York City with Jason Porter

August 12, 2014

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of New York City as you feel/see it? When I first moved…...read more »

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The Child Anthem

July 31, 2014

The children are not dead They are shadows in every tank They are echoes in every soldier The children are not dead They are in every house in the eyes of every father every mother in the soul of a people They are in every location in the heart— the children at the beach in the housee on the streets…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Santa Cruz with Micah Perks

July 2, 2014

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities   Can you describe the mood of Santa Cruz as you feel/see it? Santa Cruz…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Colombo with Ru Freeman

June 4, 2014

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Colombo as you feel/see it? Colombo is moody. It has…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In New York City with Susan Cheever

May 21, 2014

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of New York City as you feel/see it? New York City is fast-moving,…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Reykjavik with Andri Snær Magnason

May 12, 2014

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Special Series / Iceland 2014 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Reykjavik as you feel/see…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Reykjavik with Kristín Ómarsdóttir

May 6, 2014

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Special Series / Iceland 2014 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Reykjavik as you…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Reykjavik, Iceland with Sjón

April 28, 2014

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Special Series / Iceland 2014 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities   Can you describe the mood of Reykjavik as you…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Reykjavik with Mazen Maarouf

April 8, 2014

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Special Series / Iceland 2014 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Reykjavik as you…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Cleveland with Sarah Marcus

March 27, 2014

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.  —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Cleveland as you feel/see it? Cleveland is like…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Zürich with Charif Shanahan

March 20, 2014

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 Special Series / Switzerland, 2014 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.  —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities   Can you describe the mood…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Lugano with Fabiano Alborghetti

March 10, 2014

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Special Series / Switzerland, 2014 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.  —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities   Can you describe the mood of…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Bucharest with Mircea Cărtărescu

February 27, 2014

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Bucharest as you feel/see it? Bucharest is like the…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Havana with Leonardo Padura

February 20, 2014

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Havana as you feel/see it? I try to reflect the life…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Amman with Deema Dabis

February 5, 2014

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Amman as you feel/see it? Amman has a neutral…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Guatemala City with David Unger

January 30, 2014

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.  —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Guatemala City as you feel/see it? The mood depends…...read more »

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Preface to Life

January 15, 2014

To Mohsen Emadi There are voices that stop us that open the ground and fold our hearts into tiny squares   You tell me, Juan left us— I need your embrace   I tell you, Amiri left us— who’s the world now?   Our grief hanging on a telephone line Mexico City—Vermont…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In New York City with Rowan Ricardo Phillips

December 26, 2013

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Part of the Special City Series/ New York City   If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                    …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In New York City with Meena Alexander

December 18, 2013

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Part of the Special City Series / New York City If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Bethlehem

December 16, 2013

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There is magic in Bethlehem. Walk its ancient narrow streets. Allow the limestone to tell you tales and when you reach Manger Square and see the Nativity Church, listen to the chants coming from within its walls. As the symphony of candlelight sways inside the church, even the least religious can feel…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Kingston, Jamaica with Kwame Dawes

November 26, 2013

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                        —Italo…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Amsterdam with Abdelkader Benali

November 20, 2013

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                     —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities  …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Porto with Rosa Alice Branco

November 1, 2013

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities   Can you describe the mood of Porto as you feel/see it? Every time I describe my feelings…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Baltimore with Mary Jo Salter

October 22, 2013

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Santiago de Compostela, Galicia with Yolanda Castaño

October 2, 2013

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Bogotá with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

September 17, 2013

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                     —Italo…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Granada with Fernando Valverde

September 3, 2013

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Special Country Series / Spain 2013 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                        …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Beijing with Jen Lin-Liu

August 1, 2013

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                     —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Madrid with Patricio Pron

July 17, 2013

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Special Country Series / Spain 2013 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                     —Italo Calvino,…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Kathmandu with Samrat Upadhyay

June 27, 2013

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Special City Series / Kathmandu, Nepal 2013 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Kathmandu as…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Kathmandu with Rabi Thapa

June 10, 2013

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Special City Series / Kathmandu, Nepal 2013 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.  —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities   Can you describe the mood…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Kathmandu with Manjushree Thapa

May 28, 2013

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Special City Series/ Kathmandu, Nepal 2013 By Nathalie Handal If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                  …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Miami with Diana Abu-Jaber

March 26, 2013

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Miami with M. Evelina Galang

March 22, 2013

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.  —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Miami as you feel/see it? Every year my parents…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Fayetteville with Geoffrey Brock

February 21, 2013

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                       —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities  …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Bethel, Maine with Richard Blanco

January 16, 2013

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Paris with David Foenkinos

December 30, 2012

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                                                …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In New York City with Patrick Rosal

December 24, 2012

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Special City Series / New York City 2012 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In New York City with Mathea Harvey

December 18, 2012

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Special City Series / New York City 2012 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In New York City with Monica Ferrell

December 11, 2012

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Special City Series / New York City 2012 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In New York City with Camille Rankine

November 19, 2012

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Special City Series / New York City 2012 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of New York…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In New York City with Willie Perdomo

November 6, 2012

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Special City Series / New York City 2012 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.             —Italo Calvino, Invisible…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Marfa with David McDannald

July 31, 2012

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                        —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Santiago de Chile with Idra Novey

July 5, 2012

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                                                                        …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In San Francisco with Matthew Zapruder

May 31, 2012

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.  —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of San Francisco as you feel/see it? I read somewhere…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In London with Hisham Matar

April 26, 2012

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Special City Series / London   If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Florence with Elisa Biagini

March 23, 2012

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                                    …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Minsk with Valzhyna Mort

February 15, 2012

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Minsk as you feel/see it? Minsk is not a city of moods.…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In London with Esther Freud

December 28, 2011

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Special City Series/London If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Kabul with Bashir Sakharwaz

December 1, 2011

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities   Can you describe the mood of Kabul as you feel/see it? Kabul…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Dubai with Nujoom Al-Ghanim

November 1, 2011

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Dubai as you feel/see it? Today, Dubai is a very busy…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Portland with Flávia Rocha

September 29, 2011

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                                                                      …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Athens with Dimitris Athinakis

June 21, 2011

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                                                              …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Copenhagen with Niels Hav

April 28, 2011

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                               —Italo…...read more »

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This

April 5, 2011

This poem is dedicated to my friend and colleague Juliano Mer Khamis, born in Nazareth in 1958 and Artistic Director of the Jenin Freedom Theater. He was tragically shot by unknown assailants in Jenin yesterday as he was leaving the theater. His two-year-old son was in the car with him. Juliano was the…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Brooklyn with Tina Chang

March 21, 2011

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Special City Series / New York City 2011 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                    …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Queens with Irina Reyn

March 18, 2011

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Special City Series / New York City 2011 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Manhattan with Lorraine Adams

March 11, 2011

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Special City Series/New York City 2011 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities   1. Can you describe the mood of Manhattan…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Staten Island with Vasyl Makhno

March 3, 2011

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Special City Series / New York City 2011 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.—Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities   1. Can you describe the mood of Staten…...read more »

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The City and the Writer Introduces Specials

February 24, 2011

The idea of adding a Specials component to The City and the Writer came while I was in Berlin this past winter 2010. Some cities seduce and intrigue so profoundly that you can’t refrain from wanting more. To touch its mysteries, get lost in its stories, architecture, and forgotten corners. I wanted…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In the Bronx with Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

February 24, 2011

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Part of the Special City Series / New York City 2011 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities 1.  Can you describe the…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Washington, D.C. with E. Ethelbert Miller

February 2, 2011

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Damascus with Abed Ismael

January 21, 2011

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                       …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Los Angeles with Dorothy Barresi

December 23, 2010

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In London with Owen Hatherley

November 17, 2010

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Special City Series/London If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                      …...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Bogotá with Gonzalo Márquez Cristo

October 18, 2010

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Bogotá as you feel/see it? I have always believed…...read more »

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The City and the Writer: In Antwerp with Ramsey Nasr

September 24, 2010

  If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …...read more »

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New Blog Series: Nathalie Handal’s “The City and the Writer”

September 22, 2010

I have a passion for cities, their irresistible unrest, the way they make you feel unsettled yet welcomed. I also have a passion for books. And, as we all know, the two go hand-in-hand. It's hard not to think of Prague when one mentions Milan Kundera. Just as it's difficult when one mentions…...read more »