Giving Voice to a Multicultural Character: A Conversation With Anissa Bouziane

Giving Voice to a Multicultural Character: A Conversation With Anissa Bouziane

Writer Anissa M. Bouziane’s heritage in Morocco reflects in her creative output, from her experiences in film to her 2019 novel, Dune Song. We spoke to discuss her influences and her take on “linguistic polyphony,” a literary technique that combines the norms, styles and histories of multiple languages to enrich narrative.
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Sweet Memories of a Middle Eastern Childhood: A Conversation with Salma Hage

Sweet Memories of a Middle Eastern Childhood: A Conversation with Salma Hage

Acclaimed cookbook author Salma Hage grew up in the mountains of the Kadisha Valley in Northern Lebanon. Like many cooks, she learned her craft at her mother’s knee, as well as those of other female relatives in her household, where she often took on the role of cook for her eleven siblings. Her most recent book, Middle Eastern Sweets, pays homage to the many sweet endings to traditional family meals plus the rich multicultural influences that have defined Lebanon and the region for centuries. These include a wide variety of cakes, cookies, pastries, ice creams and other delights, some classic and standard, others nuanced to suit the modern, health-conscious palate. Yet all reflect the distinctively Middle Eastern flavors that Hage came to know at an early age and which define the region’s fondness for desserts.
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Culture, People and Land: A Conversation with Matthew Teller

Culture, People and Land: A Conversation with Matthew Teller

International travel in 2020 went from a luxury enjoyed by some to an impossibility endured by all. British travel writer and journalist Matthew Teller witnessed his livelihood become grounded more abruptly than most.
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On the Origins of Gothic Architecture: A Conversation with Diana Darke

On the Origins of Gothic Architecture: A Conversation with Diana Darke

With its rose windows and soaring, pointed arches, Gothic architecture is a crowning achievement of medieval Western Christendom but not, writes Oxford-educated Arabist Diana Darke, an independently developed one. 
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Why Collectors Matter: A Conversation with Arts of South Asia’s Coeditors

Why Collectors Matter: A Conversation with Arts of South Asia’s Coeditors

In Arts of South Asia: Cultures of Collecting, coeditors Allysa B. Peyton and Katherine Ann Paul draw us into the personal, institutional and political dynamics surrounding objects that have journeyed from South Asia India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bhutan to museums abroad and, in one case, undergone repatriation.
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How a Story of Bread Became a Sharing of Culture: A Conversation With Marina Abrams

How a Story of Bread Became a Sharing of Culture: A Conversation With Marina Abrams

In this colorful, educational children's book, Marina Abrams summons her childhood memories along the Kazakhstan-China border, all brought to life and imagination by Tajik illustrator Farrukh Negmatzade.
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