The 40+ Modern Arabic Literary Works Published in English Translation in 2014


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This is the beginnings of a list of the Arabic literary works published in English translation in 2014. Please add what’s slipped my mind below:

Novels (31)

Arch-and-the-Butterfly-Temple Bar, by Bahaa Abdelmeguid, trans. Jonathan Wright (AUC Press)

The Arch and the Butterfly, Mohammed Achaari, trans. Aida Bamia (BQFP) (Review)

The Maze of the Last One: A novel about the last Jewish family in Iraq, by Mohammad al-Ahmed, trans. Christopher Marrs (Dar Safi)

Blue Lorries, Radwa Ashour, trans. Barbara Romaine (BQFP)

The Woman from Tantoura, Radwa Ashour, trans. Kay Heikkinen (AUC Press)

Rain over Baghdad, by Hala El Badry, trans. Farouk Abdel Wahab (AUC Press)

The Corpse Exhibition, Hassan Blasim, trans. Jonathan Wright. (Penguin) (Interview)

Chewing Gum, by Mansour Bushnaf (Darf Publishers)

Who’s Afraid of Meryl Streep?, by Rashid al-Daif, trans. Paula Haydar (University of Texas Press)

june_rainPenguin’s Song, Hassan Daoud, trans…

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Bing Rewards: Earn Points While Searching Online, A Great Alternative for Google Search

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Bing-RewardsHey sweet friends ♥ ♥ ♥

For today’s post is about Bing Rewards! How would you like to get a free prize or two every once in a while just for searching the web?

I know the concept of earning free points and rewards with no surveys is hard to imagine these days, but Bing Rewards is a program started by Microsoft that will give you free stuff just for using their search engine.

This search engine works just like, but with an advantage of giving you points every time you make a search command. Even with a simple search such as blank or edit. 

How to Participate?

  • You may do so via the web on Bing by completing the suggested process of registration. After you sign up, you’ll be able to see your credit points in the credit counter for rewards, located on the top right of the header.
  • The…

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Longreads Best of 2014: Our 10 Most Popular Exclusives of the Year



This year, Longreads worked with a group of outstanding writers and publishers to produce original stories and exclusives that hadn’t been previously published online. It was all funded with support from our Longreads Members. You can read them all here.

Here’s a list of the 10 most popular stories we published this year. Join us to help fund more stories in 2015.

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The Unbearable Solitude of Being an African Fan Girl



By Chinelo Onwualu

Being an African fan girl is a strange, liminal thing. You’re never quite sure that you exist, you see. A part of you is rooted in your culture and its expectations for how a woman ought to behave – church, family, school – but another is flying off into the stars carrying a samurai sword and a machete. Not one thing or another, you’re both at the same time.

It doesn’t help that you’re invisible. In all the representations of geek culture, in all the arguments for inclusion, it doesn’t seem like your voice can be heard. After all, shows like The Big Bang Theory which are supposed to be modern representations of geeks and their culture seem entirely populated by white people with plenty of free time and disposable income. If you don’t look like that, don’t have that kind of money or time, are you…

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