On Those Who Must Work as Whores, and Those Who Can Afford to Just Play at It | 24 Jul 2014 // 9:30 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 // 6:00 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.
La Nausée in the Spanish Empire: Antonio Di Benedetto's 'Zama' | 23 Feb 2017 // 9:15 PM
A servant of the Spanish crown finds himself in remote Paraguay, entertaining fantasies and delusions that clash with the actual circumstances of his position. A bleak, comic, and tragic story of alienation.
On Robert Walser's Idiosyncratic, Whimsical, Sly, and Enchanting Works | 15 Feb 2017 // 9:15 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.