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The Road to 2666

It began in 2006. I was in Barcelona attending a theater festival, and everywhere I went I saw giant posters featuring photographs of pink crosses in the desert, emblazoned with the title “2666.” It was a fascinating, enigmatic and mysterious image; I soon learned that these posters were advertisements for the equally enigmatic novel 2666…

There She Is: The Allure of the Beauty Pageant

It’s a familiar image: a young woman, impeccably coiffed, gowned and adorned with a bejeweled crown and flowing cape, moves down a long runway, smiling dazzlingly at her cheering “subjects.” Whether presented on the stage of Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City or in the patio of the Buen Pastor Prison in Bogotá, Colombia, the beauty…

Disgraced and Islamic Art: The Gap Between Optics and Truth

In the opening moments of Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced, we see an intimate image: Emily, a young, white artist, is sketching her husband Amir, a well-to-do Pakistani American lawyer. Emily reveals the idea for this new sketch was inspired both by a minor run-in with a racist waiter the night before, as well…