• Doris Lessing
    Video: Remembering Doris Lessing

    The Nobel Laureate and British writer Doris Lessing, who died last week at age 94, authored 54 works, including the seminal piece The Golden Notebook. We look back at Lessing’s life with two clips: a fascinating Bill Moyers interview and a video of Lessing discussing her experiences as a writer.

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  • Hiraeth and Black Sand
    Black Sand and Hiraeth

    Continuing with his discussion on exile, writer Israel Centeno offers an examination of the word “hiraeth” – “that unattainable yearning felt for a person, figure, or even nation that probably never existed” – and a reading of Black Sand, a novel by Venezuelan author Juan Carlos Méndez Guedéz.

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  • Bar
    Hard Luck Bar

    “Like any other bar in any city on earth, nothing was overwhelming…” Traveling the American Midwest six years later, Egyptian writer Hamdy El-Gazzar finds a familiar bar full of characters, life, and creative inspiration.

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  • Bar
    Hard Luck Bar (Arabic Text)

    “Like any other bar in any city on earth, nothing was overwhelming…” Traveling through the American Midwest six years later, Egyptian writer Hamdy El-Gazzar finds a familiar bar full of characters, life, and creative inspiration.

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  • Giza Sunset
    Writing…

    Egyptian writer and columnist Hamdy El-Gazzar talks about writing a novel, specifically his novel Secret Pleasures, as a way to discus what is “happening and happened in Egypt since the Kefaya movement appeared in 2004.”

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  • Giza Sunset
    Writing… (Arabic Text)

    Egyptian writer and columnist Hamdy El-Gazzar talks about writing a novel, specifically his novel Secret Pleasures, as a way to discus what is “happening and happened in Egypt since the Kefaya movement appeared in 2004.”

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  • Doctor Who
    Ars Amatoria

    Israel Centeno shares private notes, previously used with readers and students, containing considerations surrounding the art of writing fiction.

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