Shyam K. Sriram is a doctoral student in political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an alumnus of Purdue University (B.A., Political Science, 2002) and Georgia State University (M.A., Political Science, 2006). He has written for PopMatters since 2008, and has also contributed to The Aerogram, The eJournal of Public Affairs, The Asian Journal of Comparative Politics, South Asian Diaspora, and other publications. He considers meeting Gene Wilder in 2010 to be one of the highlights of his life. He can be reached at [email protected] .
Whitewashed: America’s Invisible Middle Eastern Identity | 1 Apr 2009 // 5:00 PM
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.
Behind Francis Ford Coppola's Magic, the Work: 'The Godfather Notebook' | 7 Apr 2017 // 3:30 AM
No one other than Coppola could have directed The Godfather, because the mental effort to work Puzo’s world into film is on the level of science fiction.
To Be Iranian Is to Be in a State of Perpetual Motion and Discovery | 31 Jan 2017 // 3:30 AM
Hamid Dabashi's Iran Without Borders is a paean to the alternate ways in which the “real” Iran has been depicted since the 19th century.
'Cornbread Nation 7: The Best of Southern Food Writing' Is American Regionalism at Its Finest | 20 Jul 2014 // 9:10 PM
A splendid collection of tales of Southerners traveling abroad and children of immigrants living in the South and reflecting on their heritage.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - "Carry Me" | 28 Jun 2013 // 6:35 AM
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.