In our morning reading: new writing by Nicholas Mancusi, reviews of books by Bjørn Rasmussen and Laila Lalami, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Laila Lalami, Juliet Escoria’s Latest, Ben Okri Interviewed, Cody Goodfellow, and More
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Laila Lalami and Ben Okri, a review of Juliet Escoria’s new book, and more.
Moroccan novelist Laila Lalami tackles the big stuff with her novels and characters—justice, race, class, familial identity, and religious sectarianism, among other weighty matters. Don’t even get her started on historical erasure. In her most impressive take on the topic, 2014’s The Moor’s Account (which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a Man Booker Prize nominee) she narrated the story of Mustafa ibn Muhammad ibn Abdussalam al-Zamori, a Moroccan slave who traveled with Cabeza de Vaca and is considered the first black explorer of the New World, but who was reduced to a footnote in de Vaca’s writings. Lalami created a narrative and an interior life for al-Zamori in that book, animating him into what can only be his rightful place in history.
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Kate Hope Day and Laila Lalami, revisiting a classic Brian Eno album, and more.
In our morning reading: new writing by Laila Lalami, an interview with Lindy West, and much more.