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Shyam K. Sriram
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Shyam K. Sriram is a doctoral student in political science with a focus on Asian Pacific American politics. He recently relocated from Georgia to California and is still in a state of shock. He can be reached at shyam_morehouse@live.com .


Features

Wednesday, April 1 2009

Whitewashed: America’s Invisible Middle Eastern Identity

As the Middle Eastern American community has been perceived to be less Christian and more Muslim since 9/11, so too is the assumption that they are unable to assimilate because of religious differences.


Reviews

Tuesday, November 11 2014

'The Lives of Muhammad' Is Not Merely a Biography, but a Biography of Biographies

Ali's book is devoted to unraveling the story of the Muslim prophet, and a serious contribution to the debate over what is real, what is apocryphal, and what is myth.


Wednesday, August 27 2014

'The Temptation of Despair' Is a Marvelous New Work on World War II-Era Germany

Werner Sollors' memories formed the basis for this book, but his research caused him to re-evaluate and re-imagine what he thought he knew about the time and the era.


Wednesday, June 18 2014

A Poet Perfectly at Ease: 'The Letters of Robert Frost'

Known for his evocative use of place, Robert Frost's work, once out of fashion, is enjoying a renaissance, as seen in this impressive volume.


Sunday, June 1 2014

Is 'Cambridge' Real or Imagined?

This a hilarious and confusing journey through filial, cultural and international group dynamics.


Tuesday, March 18 2014

Literary Giant Saadat Hasan Manto Wrote Honestly About Muslims in Bombay

Manto was no Charles Bukowski with a tendency to excoriate the perils of the female flesh, nor Alifa Rifaat, who wrote frankly about female desire and lust; he created his own world where women were not victims.


Blogs

Sunday, July 20 2014

'Cornbread Nation 7: The Best of Southern Food Writing' Is American Regionalism at Its Finest

A splendid collection of tales of Southerners traveling abroad and children of immigrants living in the South and reflecting on their heritage.


Friday, June 28 2013

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - "Carry Me"

In the fall of 2004, I was working at WRAS-Atlanta, Album 88, and was on the graveyard shift. I was new to the world of college radio and my mind was being blown every day by bands I had never heard of.


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