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Also: Sam Lipsyte is interviewed by household pets; a new study tracks mood in literature; and Bret Easton Ellis' new book.

Revisiting Iraq Through The Eyes Of An Exiled Poet

Dunya Mikhail fled her homeland in the wake of the first Gulf War, after her writing was labeled subversive by Saddam Hussein's government. She has never physically returned to Iraq, but she remembers it in her poetry.

Jane Goodall Apologizes For Lifted Passages In Her Upcoming Book

World-famous primatologist Jane Goodall has admitted to plagiarizing several passages in her upcoming book, Seeds of Hope. It's not yet clear if Goodall or her co-author Gail Hudson is responsible for the lifted passages.

Recipes, Not Rockets: Cookbook Offers New Lens On Gaza

The Gaza Kitchen weaves little-known stories of Gaza food and farming among Palestinian home-cooking recipes. It's an effort not just to document the flavors of modern and historic Gaza, but also to start a new conversation about the place and its people.
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DC By The Book

The nation's capital has served as the backdrop for many works of fiction. We explore the literary fabric of the city and learn about a new mapping project that will help readers explore the city through books.

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The Science Behind Good Design

Why are some shapes more pleasing to us than others? And is beautiful design the same as good design? We explore what nature and science have to say.


'Sex And The Citadel' Peeks Inside Private Lives In The Arab World

Shereen El Feki spent five years traveling across the Arab region asking people about sex: what they do, what they don't, what they think and why. Her ambition was to learn about the intimate lives of people in the Middle East, and how the sexual aspects of their lives reflect larger shifts.