Beth Baker: Google-Mapping a Syrian Childhood

Baker wonders how close we can get to Aleppo on Google Earth @ I load the map of Aleppo and it materializes on my screen, pixellated at first, then resolving into a sprawling city webbed with streets. I zoom in and I’m rushing down toward the Syrian city of my childhood, falling from above… Read more »

Gary Indiana: Memory is Never Anybody’s Friend

Gary Indiana on our idea of Cuba @ the London Review of Books. Events of a distant nature have an abstract, even occult quality in Cuba, as of things glimpsed through a scrim of fog. Last June, Granma, the country’s only newspaper, reported the death of Whitney Houston four months after the fact, like a… Read more »

Mick Hume: Homage to Orwell

Hume revisits Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia on its 75th anniversary @ Spike. George Orwell could have been killed twice in the Spanish Civil War. Once when he was shot in the throat by General Franco’s fascist forces; then when he was hunted by official Communist agents who, with the backing of Stalin’s Soviet Union, stabbed… Read more »

J. Malcolm Garcia: Revolution Downloaded

Garcia travels with the rebels in Syria @ Guernica. Aleppo: January—February, 2013 

Incoming An explosion. Followed by another . Downloading, Nizar says in the dark. He applies the language of the Internet to the live videogame outside. Incoming fire from the Syrian government he calls downloading. Return fire by the rebels, uploading. It’s going to… Read more »

Steve Danziger: Approaching Auschwitz

Danziger reflects on his place in history @ Open Letters Monthly. Approaching Auschwitz, the first thing you see is the hot dog stand. It’s a squat, yellowish beige rectangle with brown shingles and black capital letters spelling out ‘Hot Dog’ above one of the service windows, and as you might imagine, its presence somewhat alters… Read more »