A Surefire Guide to Writing Successful Obituaries
“Deaths may be unexpected or peaceful or following lengthy illnesses and battles of the courageous sort. Deaths may be natural or tragic and senseless.”
From the Assassination of Sadat to the Birth of Brooklyn’s Empire
Steve Hindy talks about his time as an AP War Correspondent in Egypt, his run-in with the mob, and the creation of the Brooklyn Brewery.
How to be Friends with an Iranian Girl
Some friendships are more complicated than we think.
Contemporary Specter; The Return by Roberto Bolaño (New Directions, 2010)
Roberto Bolaño’s newest book of stories is reviewed.
Syria’s Days of Dread: Glimpses of a City Under Siege
Media analyst Michael Nahum watches from the University of Damascus campus as an Orwellian atmosphere unfolds in Syria.
Conversations in Little Egypt
Masha Udensiva-Brenner heads to Astoria to find out what Egyptian New Yorkers think about the recent regime change in Egypt.
א; Or the Story of Isaac and His Mother
“Even though she knew I probably shouldn’t have been climbing up on the roof at such a young age, she understood that this was my way of dealing with the grief, and that if she wanted to be left alone she’d better just go ahead and leave me alone as well.”
Notes on Japan and South Korea, April 2011: Occupation, National Flowers, and April Showers
In the wake of the natural disasters, Japan approved a set of controversial middle school textbooks that inflamed the historical rivalry between the two countries. How are South Koreans reacting?
What Will Happen Next? Notes from Janesville, Wisconsin
Janesville, WI, City Councilman Yuri Rashkin discusses the state’s reaction to Governor Scott Walker’s harsh reforms.