#08, Interviews

Anna Boghiguian and Robert Shapazian

Anna and Robert Anna Boghiguian and Robert Shapazian first met in 2003 on Anna’s rooftop, brought together by a mutual friend who thought something might resonate between the two, at the very least a bit of mutual Armenian love. They clicked, one might say, in an unlikely fashion, and thus began Robert’s more than occasional […]

Eliana Benador with George Pendle

It is 2:30 pm, and the diminutive Eliana Benador is sitting in the corner of the sumptuous Astor Court at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. It is the perfect spot for someone who wants to see rather than be seen. Her black hair is swept back in an immaculate bob, and her […]

Alaa Abd El Fattah with Ahdaf Soueif

Alaa with Manal Hassan On May 7, Alaa Abd El Fattah, my nephew, was detained by security forces in downtown Cairo at a demonstration in support of the Egyptian judges in their conflict with the government. He spent forty-five days in Tora jail. Three main impressions that stay with me from those days: 1. Manal, […]

Elaine Scarry with Curtis Brown

Much has been made of Elaine Scarry’s winsome voice, her fey demeanor, her eccentric solicitude for the well-being of each living thing in her garden, to the last sweet pea. Facing this figure of almost Dickensian benevolence, it can take a moment to sink in that she’s correcting you. Sometimes it takes more than a […]

Wayne Koestenbaum with Bruce Hainley

Like an impossible lovechild from a late-night, drunken three-way between Joan Didion, Roland Barthes, and Susan Sontag, writer Wayne Koestenbaum inherited all their stylistic wonder and laser-beam smarts, but with the added point-blank jolt of sex. Celebrated for his searching work on opera (The Queen’s Throat), Andy Warhol (Andy Warhol), and on the politics and […]

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Homi K. Bhabha with Tirdad Zolghadr

Dr. Saad Bashir Eskander with Deena Chalabi

Anna Boghighuian and Robert Shapazian
Trevor Paglen and Thomas Keenan

Rem Koolhaas with Markus Miessen

Eliana Benador with George Pendle

Alaa Abd El Fattah with Ahdaf Soueif

Rashid Masharawi, Buthina Canaan Khoury, Nahed Awwad, Hazim Bitar, Annemarie Jacir and Ahmad Habash
with Kamran Rastegar

Orhan Pamuk with Lexter Braak

Hans Ulrich Obrist with Nav Haq

Shahidul Alam and Naeem Mohaiemen

Khalil Rabah with Mai Abu ElDahab

Elaine Scarry with Curtis Brown

Wayne Koestenbaum with Bruce Hainley

Ahmed Alaidy and Mustafa Zikri

Mohammed Fares with Hugh Macleod

Eyal Danon with Basak Senova

Ali-Reza Sami-Azar with Christopher deBellaigue

Eva Munz with Mauricio Guillen


Mike Kelley Interviewed by John C. Welchman