Category: The City and the Writer

February, 2016

The City and the Writer: In Granada, Spain with Anthony Geist

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....

January, 2016

The City and the Writer: In Austin with Ire’ne Lara Silva

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 Austin as you feel/see it?...

The City and the Writer: In Buffalo with Noah Falck

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....

December, 2015

The City and the Writer: In Umm Al-Zienat with Mohammad al-Assad

Special Series: Literary Maps Only in that song / jasmines bloom / more than once...

The City and the Writer: In Montreal with Dimitri Nasrallah

Photo credit: Maica Armata 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.                    ...

November, 2015

The City and the Writer: In Cape Town with Margie Orford

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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...

The City and the Writer: In Cairo with Youssef Rakha

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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...

October, 2015

The City and the Writer: In Cairo with Mohamed Farag

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October 2015 Special Series: Egypt   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....

The City and the Writer: In Cairo with Gihan Omar

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October 2015 Special Series: Egypt   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....

The City and the Writer: In Alexandria with Maher Sherif

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October 2015 Special Series: Egypt   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....

The City and the Writer: In Alexandria with Khaled Raouf

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October 2015 Special Series: Egypt     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....

September, 2015

The City and the Writer: In Salfit with Ramsey Nasr

Special Series: Literary Maps To celebrate the fifth anniversary of "The City and the Writer," we've come back to our very first contributor, Ramsey Nasr, on the anniversary of the series launch.   here of all places, in the open pit of our heart we can achieve something great...

The City and the Writer: A Literary Map of Palestinian Writers

In the early 1990s, while living in Paris, I discovered that Salma Khadra Jayyusi, one of the Arab world's most distinguished literary personalities—widely known for her poetry, literary criticism, and scholarship, and whose work I hold in great esteem—had a visiting...

The City and the Writer: In Acre with Salma Khadra Jayyusi

Special Series: Literary Maps I am a palm tree rooted in your sky —“Songs of an Arab City”       City of Origin: Safad (District of Safad) City of Birth: Salt, East Jordan City/Cities you grew up in: Acre and Jerusalem Current Residence:...

The City and the Writer: Celebrating Five Years

In 2009, Rohan Kamicheril, then an editor at Words without Borders, asked me to be a contributing writer to the magazine—writing reviews, translating. I was very keen on working with WWB but wanted to participate in a different way. Within a year, I proposed the idea of...

August, 2015

film icon The City and the Writer: Gaza, What Remains with Eduardo Soteras Jalil

The problem with pain is that it hurts. No one summoned me, a young Argentinian, to war; nor was I a freelancer at the time, invited to take part: I simply made up my mind one day. Or maybe it took two days, a week to decide. I might not have decided on anything, but there was something...

The City and the Writer: In Singapore with Latha

Special Series/ Singapore 2015   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....

The City and the Writer: In Singapore with Suchen Christine Lim

Special Series/ Singapore 2015 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....

The City and the Writer: In Singapore with Toh Hsien Min

Special Series/ Singapore 2015 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...

July, 2015

The City and the Writer: In Singapore with Mohamed Latiff Mohamed

Special Series/ Singapore 2015 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.             ...

The City and the Writer: In Singapore with Anne Lee Tzu Pheng

Special Series/ Singapore 2015 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....

The City and the Writer: In Singapore with Kirpal Singh

Special Series/Singapore 2015 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....

The City and the Writer: Special Series, Singapore 2015

An Introduction to this Special Series of “The City and the Writer”: Focus on Singapore Founded as a British port in the early 19th Century, Singapore is celebrating its fiftieth year as an independent nation in 2015. As one of the most urbanized countries in the world,...

The City and the Writer: In Singapore with Alvin Pang

Special Series/ Singapore 2015 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....

June, 2015

The City and the Writer: In Cambridge, Massachusetts and Boulder, Colorado with David Gessner

Special Series/Nature Writers 2015 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...

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