Month: September 2017

Marielle Risse / No. The Car Wasn’t Actually on Fire: Understanding Communication in Southern Oman

No. The Car Wasn’t Actually on Fire: Understanding Communication in Southern Oman (published in NDQ 84.1/2) Marielle Risse The patience and tolerance to live harmoniously in an unfamiliar culture; the fortitude to be content with less than comfortable circumstances for prolonged periods; an understanding of and sympathy with a foreign

Yahya Frederickson / Calls to Dabaab

Calls to Dabaab (published in NDQ 84.1/2) Yahya Frederickson Fargo, North Dakota Sharif’s wife points me to the diwan, where Sharif and several other men sit on the floor around a phone. I say salaam, shake hands, offer condolences for the relative who died. There’s a tap on the doorjamb—the

M. Önder Göncüoğlu / Roots, History, and the Possibility of Coexistence: Horizontal and Vertical Consciousness in Amin Maalouf’s Ports of Call

Roots, History, and the Possibility of Coexistence: Horizontal and Vertical Consciousness in Amin Maalouf’s Ports of Call (published in NDQ 84.1/2) M. Önder Göncüoğlu Introduction A Lebanese journalist and novelist born in 1949, Amin Maalouf is a person of multiple identities. Like most of his fictional characters, he is formed by

Short Take: Domesticity and Hi-Fi Living

Bill Caraher I’m totally enamored with J. Borgerson’s and J. Schroeder’s Designed for Hi-Fi Living: The Vinyl LP in Midcentury America (2017) published by MIT Press. The book explores the remarkable world of album covers from the 1950s and 1960s not from the heights of pop music (which was still dominated

Daniela Koleva / Migrants, Refugees, and Games of Othering: An Eastern European Perspective

Migrants, Refugees, and Games of Othering: An Eastern European Perspective (published in NDQ 84.1/2) Daniela Koleva At the 2016 Modern Language Association (MLA) convention in Austin, Texas, along with sessions addressing my professional interests of African-American and American literature, I was drawn to presentations on travel, migration, and border crossing.

In Our Own Words: Native Impressions

An exhibition of prints created by Daniel Heyman and NDQ’s Art Editor Lucy Ganje (titled “In Our Own Words: Native Impressions) is currently on display at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The twenty-six prints on handmade paper feature portraits of Native Americans living in North Dakota. Portions of interviews

Lucy Ganje / Borderlines: Accounts Paid, Accounts Due

Borderlines: Accounts Paid, Accounts Due (published in NDQ 84.1/2) Lucy Ganje This piece portrays the movement of two families, both caught up in transnational border policies. Transnational borders within the United States of America are crossed daily—no need for a passport, no luggage or car searches, no checkpoint questions, at