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Dr. Habiba Sarabi: "The existence of an independent Afghan identity fills me with joy"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Dr. Habiba Sarabi is the first and only woman to be appointed a provincial governor in Afghanistan: she served as the Governor of Bamiyan province fro...

Aman Pouyamak: "Everything is on loan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Aman Pouyamak is a poet and a writer. He published a clandestine magazine, working in secret with Afghan women during the reign of the Taliban. After ...

Seyyedeh Mojgan Mostafavi: "Women have always been the first victims of wars in Afghanistan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Seyyedeh Mojgan Mostafavi is the Deputy Minister for Women's Affairs, and a Professor in the School of Journalism at Kabul University. She obtained Ma...

Readers, Writers, Non-Readers and Me

Frank H. Wu | Posted 04.10.2014 | Arts
Frank H. Wu

I am humbled. A note from a stranger whose life I have influenced means as much, if not more, than the same honor from a friend. Across space and time, with nothing more than words, it turns out to be possible to change the world at least a bit.

Partaw Naderi: "Democracies deal with citizens, not ethnicities"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Partaw Naderi is the one of the only Afghan poets whose work is widely translated into different languages. He writes frequently about democracy, huma...

Your Words Have Power

Valerie Alexander | Posted 04.08.2014 | Entertainment
Valerie Alexander

I'm sure the writers of Gimme a Break had no idea that including the line, "Is that a Phi Beta Kappa pin?" might change someone's life, but it did, and that outcome should be on all our minds when we write, when we post, when we produce.

Shukria Haidar: "I was forced to leave my country"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Shukria Haidar is a human rights activist. She sought refuge in France following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and founded NEGAR, an association...

Ahmad Wali Massoud: "Those who look to the past cannot plan our future"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Ahmad Wali Massoud is a prominent Afghan politician and head of the Massoud Foundation. He is the younger brother of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the well-know...

On Studying Russian Literature

Lauren Schuhmacher | Posted 04.06.2014 | College
Lauren Schuhmacher

Lots of people around campus ask why I decided to take this class, considering the high volume of assigned reading. I'm in this class because I've loved Russian Literature since I was a sophomore in high school.

Philip Seymour Hoffman: Trying to Hold Mercury

Lucia Brawley | Posted 04.06.2014 | Arts
Lucia Brawley

If you came up in the New York theater in the 2000s, as I did, and cut your teeth in tiny, but respected off-Broadway houses, like the Rattlestick, the McGinn/Cazale, 2nd Stage, LaMama, you hoped, you prayed, to even approach the outskirts of the orbit of the planet-sized talent of Mr. Philip Seymour Hoffman.

What Your Friends Can't Tell You About Your Self-Published Book

Deborah Plummer | Posted 04.06.2014 | Books
Deborah Plummer

Family and friends are often the inspiration for getting published and are profusely thanked in acknowledgements and recognized in dedications. However, unless they are successful authors, editors or in the publishing business, their encouragement is just loving support.

Azita Rafa't: 'It Was the Day When 10,000 Rockets Hit the City'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Azita Rafa'at is a human and women's rights activist from Badghis province. She was a people's representative in the Emergency Loya Jirga to elect the...

Kaweh Jobran: "Allow me not to wish for my daughter"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Kaweh Jobran is a professor in literature in the State University in Kapisa province and works as a journalist with national and international media b...

Dr Sima Samar: "Human rights have a value now in Afghanistan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Dr Sima Samar is the current Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission. A doctor by training, Samar spent a decade in exile in Pak...

Rahnavard Zaryab: 'We Are Not Free to Think Here'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Rahnavard Zaryab is an influential Afghan writer and scholar. He was imprisoned during the Taraki era in 1978/79. His work has brought him into extens...

Dr Humaira Qaderi: 'When Are You Going to Burn Yourself?'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The dominant masculine interpretations of Islam need re-thinking. Our economic model must be restructured and revised, so that women's labor is fully recognized and supported."

BUT, NOT AND: The Three Letter Word that Helps the Writer Best

Kathleen George | Posted 03.18.2014 | Arts
Kathleen George

The word "and" is a dangerous word.

Creating the Bat #11: Jason Fabok

Marc N. Kleinhenz | Posted 03.18.2014 | Books
Marc N. Kleinhenz

As Batman: Eternal looks to start up in the very near future, Jason Fabok has ended his tenure on Detective to be the primary artistic force on the new weekly series.

Linguistic Mistakes Everyone Has to Stop Making in 2014

Rob Reinalda | Posted 03.17.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

Words are everywhere, and many are strung together recklessly. People tend to pick up errant usages as easily as black velvet picks up lint. Next thing you know, someone sees that verbal atrocity as a viable expression, and the cycle continues.

Brick and Mortar vs. Amazon

Deborah Doucette | Posted 03.15.2014 | Books
Deborah Doucette

When one of my books came out recently, I did what all authors must do these days -- unless you are Stephen King or Alice Munro or Snooki -- promote your own book.

Why I Wish I Had Writer's Block

Evelyn Lauer | Posted 03.10.2014 | Books
Evelyn Lauer

Sometimes writer's block is not you in front of the page and nothing comes out; it's you never in front of page because life takes over. It's breastfeeding and potty training, driving one kid to music class and the other to swim lessons.

Creating the Bat #10: John Layman

Marc N. Kleinhenz | Posted 03.10.2014 | Books
Marc N. Kleinhenz

John Layman took over writing duties on Detective Comics in October 2012, just over a year after the title's relaunch. Though his has been, as of yet, a short run, his time with the character has already proven to be memorable.

Jennifer Weiner Is a Genius at Self-Promotion

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.08.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

How many authors of commercial fiction do you know who get huge, glowing profiles in the New Yorker? Well, Jennifer Weiner just did, as she continues to ride her successful hobbyhorse about not getting respect.

Creating the Bat #9: Dave Taylor

Marc N. Kleinhenz | Posted 03.04.2014 | Books
Marc N. Kleinhenz

Dave Taylor is a British illustrator who's seen more than his fair share of projects -- and his roles on them -- over the years. Taylor, however, is arguably best known for his work on Batman.

Why Art Sucks

Melanie Curtin | Posted 03.04.2014 | Women
Melanie Curtin

It blows to be misunderstood. It's shitty to not have control over how other people take your art, take your words, take your meaning. It's really annoying not being able to control other people's perception of you -- especially when your perception is that their perception is that you're weak.