About M. Lynx Qualey

M. Lynx Qualey lives in Cairo, Egypt, where she writes about Arabic literature. She blogs daily at http://arablit.wordpress.com, and you can follow her at @arablit.

Names

Not everything in a story can be named. Sometimes, grass is just grass, not Bermuda or Centipede (Carpetgrass) or Zoysia. The absence of a name creates breathing room — just as in life, we can’t know the names of everyone…

What Sort of ‘Politics’ Should Go Into a Review?

In a recent controversy over Hedy Weiss’s Chicago Sun-Times review of Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s “Invasion!,” the discussion boiled down to this: Should Weiss insert her personal “politics” into a review of a theatrical production? Or should reviews be “politics-free”? Those…

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