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Diagnosis and Knowing: Sarah Fay’s Pathological

In Sarah Fay’s harrowing medical memoir, diagnosis is revealed to be particularly perverse: it simultaneously offers vital access to treatment and care but also becomes a “self-fulfilling prophecy” that cruelly entraps and reduces lives to diagnostic categories. Having been diagnosed with six separate conditions (anorexia, major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive …

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Nafar Dot Homme: Four Vignettes

For MQR 61:2, “Decades of Fire: New Writing from the Middle East and North Africa,” Daniel Behar translated four vignettes from Luqman Derky. He also introduced and read “Homeland Multiplier,” the fourth of these vignettes, for the issue’s virtual launch reading. You can find Behar’s reading along with the text of “Homeland Multiplier” below. Homeland …

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a burst of wind and light (or, things I’d like to imagine)

Sometimes our biggest barriers are things we imagine or maybe things we fail to imagine. Shortly after Trump was elected president of the United States of America and instituted a so-called “Muslim ban,” an Arab American nonprofit in Chicago held a press conference outside of O’Hare International Airport. The leadership barked a bunch of empty …

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