The Drone Eats With Me COVER IMAGE-Atef Abu Saif July 08

Palestinian Reading List #2: The Drone Eats With Me

This week marks the second anniversary of beginning of the 2014 war on Gaza. In his incredible memoir of that war, titled The Drone Eats With Me: Diaries From a City Under Fire, author Atef Abu Saif writes about how the media reduced the victims into mere statistics. As a writer tasked with writing about […]

Cover-new July 04

Wrestling Erica

I had the great pleasure of spending some time getting to know Olympic wrestler Erica Wiebe – both on and off the mat. I suspect everyone in Canada will be hearing a lot more about Erica in the weeks to come. I wish all my stories were as enjoyable to work on as this one. […]

Mourid Barghouti (photo credit Peter Everard Smith) June 13

Palestinian reading list #1: “Interpretations”

Mourid Barghouti (photo credit Peter Everard Smith)   I am going to start posting regular selections from some of the Palestinian literature I am reading for my current book project. The first is a poem by Mourid Barghouti, and translated by Radwa Ashour, entitled “Interpretations.”  Barghouti is a fine poet, but perhaps is best known […]

Kidron Valley April 29

Palestine Dispatch: On the land

  I realized early on during the research for this book that I was spending a disproportionate time sitting in urban cafes talking to Palestinian poets as they hand-rolled and chain-smoked cigarettes. Since the conflict here is, arguably, first and foremost one about land, I worried I wasn’t seeing very much of it. I love […]

(http://kholoodeid.com/hasna--terez) April 22

Palestine Dispatch: The writers of Haifa

I spent a few days this week in Haifa. I was interested in learning what it means to be a Palestinian writer in what most Palestinians call “48” – shorthand for the territory Palestine lost in 1948 to what became the state of Israel. I spoke to a few “48” writers during my visit last […]

Palestine Dispatch: The Poet of Sheikh Jarrah

Mohammed El Kurd’s mother used to read poems aloud to her husband in their house in the East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood. She sought his feedback before sending the poems to her editor at the newspaper she wrote for. When Mohammed was a child, he woke each morning to the sound of these tentative verses […]

fennel April 10

Palestine Dispatch: Arriving

I arrived in Palestine about a week ago for what will be, if all goes well, my last research trip in service of my new book project. My welcome at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport was typical. With very few exceptions, the procedure for me goes as follows. The airport customs official, nearly always a […]

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