International Literary Journalism

  •    March 2012
     LEFT: Photo of Shadid by Nada Bakri. RIGHT: A photo of the ancestral home in Marjayoun by Anthony Shadid. Currently the New York Times' Beirut bureau chief, Anthony Shadid has won two Pulitzer Prizes and many other accolades in the fifteen years he's covered the Middle East for the Washington Post, the Associated Press, and the Times. During that time, Shadid...
  •    March 2012
    The first time I spoke with Anthony Shadid was over the phone in September of last year, while driving north on Interstate 35 between Oklahoma City and Stillwater. I can't recall where in the world of foreign reportage he told me he was, but I do distinctly remember being far more nervous than I'd been at any time during my undergraduate studies at the University of Oklahoma, which I'd finished o...
  •    March 2012
    Left: Rosa Motero, photo by Violeta Lama. Right: Empar Moline, photo by Jordi Play. Of the many trends in literary journalism today, the use of humor to convey sociocultural critiques continues to be one of the major forces in work by Spanish women. The tradition of literary journalism in Spain stretches back to at least the nineteenth century, when Mariano José de Larra regularly wield...
  •    March 2012
    It’s Christmas, and since it’s Christmas it seems repugnant not to have a steady boyfriend to give one gifts. A boyfriend, in short, who will take you to the Ebro River Delta from time to time, a place where boyfriends tend to take their girlfriends. So I decide to go to a dating agency to see if they have anything for me. The psychologist informs me that every time they call me at work to propos...
  •    March 2012
    A group of eminent Malaysian biologists have discovered a new zoological species in southern Spain: the Marbella thief.* In reality, this animal has been sighted in the area for many years and locals have proclaimed its existence repeatedly, but since it eluded apprehension, authorities have considered it a more or less mythical creature. Now, after its successful capture by the Malaysians, they...
  •    March 2012
    In Argentinian literature of the 1920s and 1930s, Jorge Luis Borges’s imagined topography of Buenos Aires was key to positioning Argentine culture at the same level as European and American cultures. The notion of the suburbs and this original division of Buenos Aires started to be questioned by Argentine literary journalism in the twentieth century, and has received its coup de grâce from co...
  •    March 2012
    LEFT: Femi Osofisan (Okinba Launko), a Nigerian playwright, poet, translator, critic, and theorist of literature, is also a regular columnist in Nigeria's leading newspapers. http://femiosofisan.org RIGHT: Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, flanked by Ekiti State governor Kayode Fayemi (right) and Yemi Ogunbiyi (left) / NBF News, www.nigerianbestforum.com, February 8,...