Untitled (2014) by Julie Maroh; acrylic on paper
This one is for my friends, who understand this madness.
Erich Maria Remarque
The following commentary was presented at the “Writing War” panel discussion on May 1, as part of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.
Still from the movie version of All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executing Nguyễn Văn Lém on February 1, 1968 (Eddie Adams)
René Magritte's The False Mirror"(1928)
I have to be conscious that I am getting an American education, and this wasn’t an inevitable choice.
I ask my sister to ask my Dad to send the winter coat he had used in the early ‘90s.
Poet, visionary, historian, chronicler of the forgotten, scorned, and oppressed. Eduardo Galeano held court to a packed auditorium at a PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature conversation held at The New School. The event was facilitated by Jessica Hagedorn.
In my travels around the global literary scene, the question of a writerly identity has never seemed more precarious, conflicted, and urgent than with writers from Africa. More often than not, it is the writer—not the reader—who is fixated on the question: who or what is an African writer?