What happens if we cancel the apocalypse? Enter Solarpunk. A literary and art movement, the genre imagines a future where humans succeed in addressing the challenges of global warming, from reducing global emissions to overcoming capitalist economic growth as the primary motor of human society. Solarpunk is both pragmatic and utopian.
Though it is firmly rooted in the milieu of its time, the effect of cyberpunk has endured. But now, what was once a genre at the forefront of anti-capitalist speculative fiction has been reduced to an aesthetic easily appropriated by the corporations against which it once waged war.
Middle East folklore is full of jinn, giants and ghouls. These creatures seem far from human, but in fact they reveal, by contrast, what being human really means. They’re a shrine to the sneaking suspicion that ours isn’t the only reality that exists and that other realities bleed into our own.
A Film Critic Reflects on the Artistic Journeys and Vision of the Late French Director Jean-Luc Godard
Godard and his critical colleagues comprised the first generation of cinephiles who treated film history as part of cultural history.
“There seemed to be something so modern and pithy and frank about their voices.” Writer and editor Selma Dabbagh joins New Lines’ Lydia Wilson to talk about sex, love and intimacy in the writing of Arab women, from the pre-Islamic era to the modern day.
Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck joins New Lines’ Rasha Elass to talk about what inspires her bilingual verses and how they intertwine over themes of language, country and womanhood.
Translators Yasmin Seale and Robin Moger join New Lines’ Lydia Wilson to discuss their unique approach to translating the poetry of the 12th-century philosopher Ibn Arabi.