The Nation

on Sep 1, 2011 - 11:25 AM ET

Last night, Eid celebrations, which mark the end of the thirty days of fasting observed by millions of Muslims around the world, came to an end. And even though I had eaten enough to induce an Eid coma, I still found myself curiously awake and semi-coherent at 4 am.

This alertness is only the vestigial remnant of a month spent waking in the middle of the night, drowning in exorbitantly disgusting amounts of food and...

Race and Religion
on Aug 22, 2011 - 08:41 AM ET

Physically, Moin Khan fits the archetypal Marlon Brandon-esque, leather jacket wearing, Triumph motorcycle riding rebel.

But once he starts talking this biker-rebel archetype gets confused and replaced with that of a concerned nationalist slash nonchalant, down to earth guy looking to uphold the continuum between his dual American-Pakistani identities.   

I caught up with Khan when he landed in New York, having just ended the first leg of a...

Activism, Society
on Aug 16, 2011 - 11:26 AM ET

It is no secret that superheroes on the big screen rake in ample box office success. This could help explain why this summer alone has already featured four films with heroes in tights.

By no accident of design, Hollywood reiterations on comic books often reflect on administrations, policies and ideologies taking place in the nation’s capital. Thus, dissecting the seemingly premeditated moves of comic writers and filmmakers, examining the political nuances of...

Comics, Books and the Arts
on Jul 11, 2011 - 12:11 PM ET

“Who gives a [insert expletive] about an Oxford comma,” asked the Vampire Weekend boys in 2008, shocking many an English teacher and publishing industry professional. Now, three years later, the usefulness of the oxford comma (also known as the serial comma) has come into question again. Let me preface this article by assuaging your worried souls: despite rumours to the contrary, the Oxford...

Publishing Industry
on Jun 27, 2011 - 16:43 PM ET

“The rain starts from a single drop”— Manal al-Sharif, Saudi women’s rights activist

In 1997 my family began packing the contents of our life in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in preparation for our move across the pond to the frigid and free slab of rock, Canada.

One night, shortly before we were scheduled to leave, we drove out of the city deep in to the desert for a picnic, a common activity for those seeking refuge from the...

on Jun 23, 2011 - 10:39 AM ET

Numerous imperial dynasties have bequeathed Lahore surprising diversity leaving the city particularly adept at embracing cultural change. This February, while visiting my dynamic and resilient city, I came across many uplifting examples of Pakistanis in positive revolt.

I met a student who’d worked with a team to (legally) decorate Lahore’s Gulberg Market with unifying and peaceful graffiti messages of hope. I visited a favourite old haunt that had been...