Draped in a long black abaya, French tourist Virginie de Tinguy gingerly picks her way up a majestic stone staircase, careful to lift the heavy folds of fabric out of the way of her feet lest she stumble on steps made smooth by centuries of use. Show More Summary
Associated Press reports — At sunset of Oct. 25, pilgrims headed to Muzdalifa, where Muslims believe prophets before Muhammad once prayed. There, they collected pebbles walking or driving to nearby Mina for Friday's symbolic stoning of the devil that marks the start of Eid …
There is some mythical about rock and roll. The loud guitars, the body-jarring rhythms of bass and drums, the piercing wail of the lead singer come crashing together to create an aural tapestry that makes our hearts beat faster and our emotions burble to the surface. Show More Summary
Lawrence Arabia at CMJ 2012 (more by Andrew St. Clair) today in NYC Nicki Minaj @ Roseland Aram Bajakian @ The Stone Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes David Ulmann Quintet @ Barbes Young Man, XNY...
In Stone Arabia, Dana Spiotta’s narrator is worried about her older brother. He has begun to have serious health problems as they both sink more deeply into their “morbid middle years.” Denise scans the newspaper obituaries, and if the person is under the age of sixty, she checks for the cause of death. Show More Summary
Stone cairns that mark the trail up Arabia Mountain I have piled stoneson top of one anotherfor years nowstones of habitstones of comfortstones of refugestones to settle my heartstones to mark the days of my journey...It's not uncommon to find stone cairns used as trail markers. Show More Summary
Culturally speaking, ancient East Africans were a stone’s throw away from southern Arabia.Stone tools collected at several sites along a plateau in Oman, which date to roughly 106,000 years ago, match elongated cutting implements previously...Show More Summary
A few years ago, there was a lot of talk about the idea of “The Great Rock n’ Roll Novel” and how it had not yet been written. “I've yet to read a novel that convincingly sums up the experience and the value of making popular music,”...Show More Summary
I read an excellent novel last weekend, Dana Spiotta’s Stone Arabia. Like any good novel, it’s about many things, but in particular, it made me think about the issue of self-curation. In his “Chronicles,” the character Nik elaborately archives his work in music and an alternate autobiography. He tells his sister Denise, “Self-curate or disappear.” [...]
The Saudi government has confirmed that women will be allowed to vote in municipal elections in 2015 as part of its plan to lure feminists into the open where they are more easily stoned to death. “Voting booths are brilliant for rounding...Show More Summary
There’s something particularly sly about publishing a work of fiction built off someone else’s semi-ironic, private fiction — particularly when that person is the author’s family member.
I read an excellent novel this weekend, Dana Spiotta's Stone Arabia. Like any good novel, it's about many things, but in particular, it made me think about the issue of self-curation. In his "Chronicles," the character Nik elaborately archives his...
Emusic asks five artists to bring the album covers in Dana Spiotta's "Stone Arabia" to life.
Steve Jobs left Apple, but arrives in bookstores (via his authorized biography) in November. eMusic asked five artists to draw album covers for Nik Worth, of “Stone Arabia.” Dick Cheney’s memoir comes out next week....
Spiotta's novel centers on Nikolas Kranis, a washed-up musician turned bartender, and the successful rock-star career he invents in his mind (but never actually lived). So eMusic recruited five artists to design covers for the albums of Nik Worth (his imagined alter ego); the results, along with a response from Spiotta, are here. [eMusic] Read more posts by Amanda Dobbins
Last week, critic D.G. Myers moved his litblog, A Commonplace Blog, to the website of Commentary magazine. Soon after, we got to squabbling over Dana Spiotta‘s excellent new novel, Stone Arabia. We’re both fans of the book, so we’re not … Continue reading ?
Dana Spiotta is interviewed by Carolyn Kellogg for the L.A. Times. Dana Spiotta is the author of "Stone Arabia."
Stone Arabia is a new novel by Dana Spiotta, a writer from California. It's about a sister and brother, fast approaching middle age, both grappling with the failures of their once-bright artistic dreams. They are mutually supportive opposites. Show More Summary
New this week is George R.R. Martin’s latest Song of Ice and Fire installment, A Dance with Dragons. Also hitting shelves: Donald Ray Pollock’s The Devil All the Time and Dana Spiotta’s Stone Arabia (Don’t miss our preview with tons more upcoming books.) Jesse Ball, whose The Curfew has just come out, also has a [...]
Actually, we’ve rounded up 21 free tracks for you this week. Go on, get downloading. 1. Black Lips – ‘New Direction’ The Lips’ Mark Ronson-produced album, ‘Arabia Mountain’, comes to the UK this June, but Rolling Stone is giving away an exclusive early taster with the short garage rock track ‘New Direction’. Show More Summary