On Those Who Must Work as Whores, and Those Who Can Afford to Just Play at It | 24 Jul 2014 // 8:30 PM
The debate about sex work is usually about the spectacle that accompanies “sex”, rather than about the sex workers and the work of sex. That needs to change.
Enjoy Orientalism-Lite with 'Stranger Magic' | 29 Apr 2012 // 5:00 PM
Stranger Magic is an exhaustive compendium of the various tales in the Arabian Nights collection, as well as a robust and energetic investigation into how these stories of “Oriental” myth and folklore have seeped into the European imagination from the 18th century onward.
On Robert Walser's Idiosyncratic, Whimsical, Sly, and Enchanting Works | 15 Feb 2017 // 8:15 PM
Walser's attentiveness to the world's capacity for beauty and kindness in a time of brutality is the most interesting aspect of this book.
Juan Gabriel Vásquez's 'Reputations' Explores the Slippery Nature of Memory | 29 Jan 2017 // 8:15 PM
Vásquez’s work shows how reputation is its own hermetic chamber, sealing the person off from his self.