The Corpse Washer by Sinan Antoon, translated from Arabic by the author

Man’s reaction to his own mortality is a topic that’s been showing up on my personal radar quite a bit lately. Zadie Smith’s recent essay Man vs. Corpse (The New York Review of Books, December 5, 2014); Drew Gilpin Faust’s National Book Award winning This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (which, admittedly, has been sitting on my bookshelf for some time) … Continue reading The Corpse Washer by Sinan Antoon, translated from Arabic by the author

The Honey Thief by Najaf Mazari & Robert Hillman

The best travel advice I’ve ever received is:  befriend the locals.  Or rather, convince the locals to befriend you. Whether it’s a small town in Maine or a village in Afghanistan (preferably when there’s not a war going on), no one knows a place like the people who live there. I won’t be visiting Afghanistan any time soon – and sadly, I’m left to wonder … Continue reading The Honey Thief by Najaf Mazari & Robert Hillman