Guernica:What do you mean when you say that Americans don’t engage with the world?
Rabih Alameddine:We pick one writer from every country and think that’s what that literature is. Colombia—Gabriel García Márquez—yay! Chile—Roberto Bolaño—yay! One writer from each country begins to represent an entire worldview. I should tell you now, I represent all Lebanese. No—all Arabs. Read my books and you’ll understand what all Arabs are like. [a thoughtful pause] If I am supposed to represent the Arabs, we’re in deep shit.
I asked my mom if this hairstyle was fashionable in the 1970s. “Please put that picture away,” she begged me.
Tonight’s feature: Gravity (poster by Tom Muller)
There is nothing I want on this earth - not love, or sex, or money, not a family, or...