Freelance writer (food, drinks, books, travel, music, film) and former professor (creative writing, literature, Islamic studies, US history) and magazine editor who's lived in the UK, New York, Dubai, DC, Okinawa, St. Louis, Al Ain, Korea and Tokyo. My work has appeared in The Washington Post, Lucky Peach, The Guardian, The Christian Science Monitor, Gate37, The Believer, Modern Drunkard, Punch, Salon, The Portland Review, Real Food and Health, The Dubai Explorer, Washington Parent, Time Out Dubai, Spirited Virginia, Verge, The New Haven Review, The North American Review, The Iowa Review, Phoebe, The London Magazine, Island and Arlington Magazine. My novel, Khawla's Wall, is published by Second Wind.
Exophonic Authors, or Writing in a Language Not Your Own
Exophony, or the practice of writing in a language other than one's mother tongue, is something a number of authors have done, at times by choice, sometimes without. It has shaped their writing, and in some cases has even sharpened it. Here is an overview of some of these authors.
Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder: Getting the Banned Back Together
Banned in the US for almost a hundred years, absinthe has become the subject of numerous legends. Now, on the tenth anniversary of its being made legal again, we distill fact from fiction.
Ambrose Bierce, a Remarkable Writer Ahead of his Time
Born 175 years ago, muckraker, satirist, iconoclast, and humorist, Ambrose Bierce was a remarkable writer; an artist ahead of his time. His nonfiction lambasted corrupt politicians, greedy capitalists, warmongers, and the pretentious and hypocritical.
Lafcadio Hearn: an Extraordinary Novelist, Poet and Traveler
Born on a Greek island in 1850 and raised in Ireland, Lafcadio Hearn had an extraordinary life. He was a journalist, poet and author who lived and worked in the US and Japan, where took up citizenship, married and raised a family.
Proletarian Literature: Working Class Heroes and Authors
Proletarian literature, its authors and heroes should be remembered and the books re-read. Here are some of the authors and a few suggestions to get started on your reading