April 13, 2003 |
Dark Star Safari Overland From Cairo to Cape Town Paul Theroux Houghton Mifflin: 480 pp., $28 If countries were food, Paul Theroux would be that unnerving gourmet friend who's always leading you down dicey alleys into strange restaurants full of bittersweet flavors. It's a tossup whether he'll wind up insulting the waiter or forging a lifelong friendship with the chef.
May 22, 2011 |
Here at Book Review, we know what looked good to us on the summer bookshelves, but we couldn't help but wonder what some of our favorite authors were looking forward to tossing in their travel bag or bringing out to the backyard or the beach for one of those long, sunny afternoons. For many, the coming months seem to be a chance to catch up on those beguiling titles we somehow don't have time for the rest of the year but are oh-so made for summer. Peter Bognanni, recently awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction for "The House of Tomorrow": Since I'm teaching a class on the novella in the fall, I'm looking forward to reading "Goodbye, Columbus" by Philip Roth again.
April 8, 1999 |
"A Portrait of Egypt" is not really a portrait of Egypt, which, some would argue, is the Arab world's most complex, cosmopolitan nation. Nor does the author really guide us through the world of militant Islam, for Mary Anne Weaver's subjects are too narrowly chosen (she speaks, for instance, to few people in Upper Egypt, the nation's poorest and most fundamentalist region).
October 14, 2004 |
The eighth annual Resfest Digital Film Festival continues at the Egyptian Theatre through Sunday with a lively presentation of animated and live-action shorts and music videos. A selection of work available for preview yields some exciting and dynamic work. Mark Craste's "Jo Jo in the Stars" and John Paul Harvey's "Brand Spanking" are dazzling examples of imaginative animation.
February 26, 2003 |
Old memories are coming back now. Feelings of uncertainty. Of peril. Caught between hatreds you cannot fathom and events you cannot escape. Of times when time itself seems elastic -- stretching out interminably and then, snap. War consumes us now, again: Afghanistan, Colombia, the Philippines, Iraq, New York City. How far have we traveled? From Agent Orange to orange alert, from fireballs of white phosphorous to dirty bombs. Experience draws me back to my library. Experience and dread.
June 24, 1990 |
In 1985, Christopher Dickey, formerly the Central American bureau chief of the Washington Post, published "With the Contras," an extraordinary book that remains far and away the best evocation of that sordid adventure that came to be known, in polite circles, as the Contra war, and whose bizarre and unexpected conclusion we have recently been privileged to witness.
June 3, 2003 |
Talks began recently between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the new Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the U.S.-backed peace initiative calling for the creation of a Palestinian state. It remains to be seen whether this "road map" to peace might actually lead somewhere, but if a viable peace were to result, it would end nearly 32 months of intifada and decades of horrific conflict.
August 22, 1999 |
A student at American University in Cairo complained to an Egyptian reporter about a book she was having to read for a course on Muslim political thought. She thought the author was trying to prove the Koran, Islam's holy book, is not the word of God, but rather the literary effort of the prophet Mohammed.
March 31, 1997 |
The UCLA Film and Television Archive's rich and comprehensive 21-feature "CineArabic," opening Thursday and running through April 22 in Melnitz Hall's James Bridges Theater, is the archive's first such survey in seven years. Spanning nearly 60 years and seven countries, it opens with six outstanding films, commencing with Kamil Selim's 1939 "Determination," which screens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and will be followed be Salah Abou Seif's "The Beginning and the End" (1960).