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June, 2008

Walser and the Visual Arts

Post your thoughts on Walser or The Assistant below. Comments are moderated, and will appear after a very short delay, so avoid posting twice if you notice that your post doesn't appear immediately. Comment here on Tom Whalen's "Composition for Robert Walser" as well as Sam Jones's interviews with Tom…...

Muhammad al Sharafi, “Changing Veils”, “Literacy Through Poetry”

And here I am, behind my cloak An ardent hope and a burning fever I thirst for meeting with you,     My beloved But there is my veil, my curse, O my beloved.         —(M. al Sharafi, 1970, translation Carla Makhlouf) A week ago, I came…...

The Future of Literature

Two days after I left Iraq, I traveled to a small resort at the Black Sea for a writer's conference about the future of literature. For some reason it seemed to me the right sequence: first Baghdad and then a conference about the future of literature. I have been to a few literary festivals, but this…...

Roti Prata

Aun Koh is one of the co-founders of The Miele Guide, the first independent guide to Asia's top restaurants. Koh has worked for the International Herald Tribune and Newsweek, and has also launched several publications, including EAST magazine, an Asian regional lifestyle publication. Between 2004 and…...

Cambodia Wants to Eat

Rice says everything in Cambodia. Having it foretells survival and hope; lacking it portends defeat. Last year, a pound of rice cost about 15 cents in the market. Today, it's six cents more. Pennies of difference—but pennies that make a world of difference to families living on a dollar a day or…...

The Translators’ Roundtable Forum

Post your thoughts on Walser or The Assistant below. Comments are moderated, and will appear after a very short delay, so avoid posting twice if you notice that your post doesn't appear immediately. In the Translators' Roundtable, Damion Searls, Tom Whalen, Millay Hyatt and Mark Harman spoke about discovering…...

A Culinary Trip Into the Past

Carolyn Jung is an award-winning food and wine writer. She is the recipient of a James Beard award for feature writing about restaurants/chefs, a Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism award of excellence for diversity writing, an award from the American Association of Sunday and Features…...

The Changing Times of the Egyptian Novel

One of my main activities since arriving in Cairo has been to try to update myself on recent developments in the Egyptian novel. I have just finished a work that's received much attention in the local cultural pages since I arrived. It's entitled A Matter of Time and it opens with the idle chatter…...

Dinner’s at Midnight in Buenos Aires

A city girl at heart, Caroline Shin left New York City, the glam apple of her eye, for Buenos Aires, the party haunt of South America. Eight months later, she's still indulging in the porteño night life that ignores the onset of daylight, and a cuisine that is known for the prime succulence of its…...

A Dangerous Occupation

Issue #2 of Triple Canopy has the first ever translation of the "Caracas Speech" that Roberto Bolaño gave when he was awarded the Rómulo Gallegos prize for his novel "The Savage Detectives." It's a wonderfully digressive piece that starts with Bolaño's reminiscences on the battle between…...

Culinary Wonders of İstanbul

Cenk Sönmezsoy is a 31-year-old food writer, photographer, baker and chocoholic from İstanbul, Turkey. He shares his kitchen adventures, recipes and photographs at his food blog cafefernando.com. Distinguished as Turkey's "Best Blog" in 2008, Cafe Fernando has been featured in magazines, newspapers…...

“The Assistant” Book Club

We're delighted to officially kick off our 2008 book club series with a month-long discussion of Robert Walser's The Assistant. The Assistant is the first of WWB's seven picks from this year's Reading the World program. Sam Jones will be moderating this month's book club, and he will be joined by Susan…...

The Background Noise in Iraq

Last week I was embedded with the 25th infantry division north of Baghdad in the so-called Sunni Triangle. Presently I'm in the Green Zone. A friend of mine in New York asked me to pay attention to the noise here. He had been informed that on most military bases in Iraq, one could hear a permanent noise…...

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