Home Fire

“It’s in the Quran. La yukallifullahu nafsan ilia wus-ahaa. Allah does not burden a soul with more than it can bear.” Isma, p. 49 Home Fire is the newest novel by Kamila Shamsie, a self-identifying Muslim and British citizen. The sometimes-lyrical text covers an ambitious amount of territory from the seduction and recruitment of young […]

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R.O. Kwon: the Incendiaries

“I’ll ask you what I’ve asked myself, late at night, as I wait upon His spirit: if the likes of you and I won’t be radical for God, who will?” John Leal according to Will Kendall, The Incendiaries, p. 136 Growing up in a Baptist household, my white, lower class parents told me a common […]

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Fairest of them All: Boy, Snow, Bird

Boy Novak is a character name straight from the realistic beatnik era approaching the people in the novel Boy, Snow, Bird. With just a name, Helen Oyeyemi brings to mind the Hollywood actress, Kim Novak- and along with her many of the white feminine ideals of the dawning, North American, twentieth-century middle-class. At this time, […]

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