Selected Essays & Reviews

2020:

'Leave or Die: Migrant rights and the Arabian Dream' in The Baffler

'Shall We Gather at the River? On Lewis MacAdams' in Poetry

'The Mind, like the Night, Has a Thousand Eyes: On Joseph & Berssenbrugge' in Poetry

'African Exiles in The Heart of a Stranger' in Poetry

'The Weight of Certain News: On Garous Abdolmalekian' in Poetry

2019:

'You’ll Never Leave: Seeking Salvation on the Shores of Morocco' in World Literature Today

'The Borderless Empire of the Interior': On Dorn, Yang & Xie in Poetry

'Blue In Name Only: On the Los Angeles Teachers’ Strike' in The Believer

‘The Elusive Neutron: On Stephen Jonas & Robert Lowell' in Poetry

'Dear Los Angeles: A Happening City' in Financial Times

'The Anti-Capitalist Power of Jean de La Ville de Mirmont’s Fiction' in Literary Hub

'Exile: Part I', 'Exile: Part II' and 'Exile: Part III' in PN Review

2018:

'As one of Abu Dhabi’s unofficial citizens, when will I get to call my country home?' in New Statesman

'Angels and Wildfires: On California's Inmate Firefighters' in Harper's

'In 1917, corporate America deported more than 1,000 striking miners' in New Statesman

'Fighting For Freedom of Speech in Bangladesh's Capital' in Playboy

'"Translation Is the Opposite of War": A Tribute to Sarah Maguire' in World Literature Today

'The Erotic Arab Emirates: The Lush Land of Sex Work' in Playboy

 

Pre-2017:

'Acts of Treason: For Rian Malan, seeking atonement doesn’t mean one will attain it' in The Nation

'The Dying Grass' shows the dark side of the American dream' in New Statesman

'Tyrant's rants: imagining the final hours of Muammar Gaddafi' in New Statesman

'The "Romance" of Travel: Joseph Roth’s hotel years' in The Paris Review Daily

'The Art of Walid Siti: A vision of the future' in The Economist

'Spina’s Shadow: Darling, this is Alessandro Spina' in The Nation

'The Post-Šalamunian Period: Remembering Tomaž Šalamun' in The Paris Review Daily

'Dhaka Stories: K. Anis Ahmed’s stringent tales of life in the sprawling capital' in The Nation

'The Sceptre And The Pen: A novelist writes on the country’s present trials' in The Caravan

'Welcome to Earth: Cuba’s ‘Special Period’ Gets the Sci-Fi Treatment' in The Nation

'New Myths: Sir Harrison Birtwistle and David Harsent’s operas' in The Paris Review Daily

'Robinson Jeffers: Poet and Prophet' in Wild Court

'New Oil, Old Lamps: Notes on the UAE's literary culture' in The Chimurenga Chronic

'Swedish Camels: An ignoble literary translator’s journal' in Asymptote

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