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Djelloul Marbrook


Djelloul (jeh-lool) Marbrook, born in Algiers to a Bedouin father and an American painter grew up New York, served in the US Navy. His book of poems, Far From Algiers, won the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize from Kent State University. His story, Artists Hill, won the Literal Latte first prize in fiction. He worked as a reporter for The Providence Journal and as an editor for The Elmira (NY) Star-Gazette, The Baltimore Sun, The Winston-Salem Journal & Sentinel and The Washington Star. Later he worked as executive editor of four small dailies in northeast Ohio and two medium-size dailies in northern New Jersey.

Broken Syntax in Cyberspace: The Future of Language?

Do I see a breakdown in language? I find texting both exhibitionistic and inane, much as children show off and test their independence, trying to find themselves.

We Must Begin to Redefine The Nature of News

I believe the news is a national health problem. The way it is presented afflicts us with post-traumatic stress disorder and impairs our reasoning.

A Rare Poet Recalls His Youth and The Pacific War

Paul Elisha is a Northeast Public Radio commentator, composer and poet. His excellent book, 'Swash,' recalls his youth and how the Pacific War engulfed and forever changed his life. The poems are restrained and deeply moving.
Algerian sketches

Algerian Sketches Savage Beauty of Tribal Dancer Inspires a Poem

The savage beauty of an Algerian tribal dancer from his father's tribe inspired a poem by Djelloul Marbrook just published by CELAAN, the Skidmore College Review of its Center for the Studies of the Literatures and Arts of North Africa.

War is Too Big a Responsibility for Filmmakers and Historians Alone

It cannot be left to soldiers, politicians and preachers. Poets and artists must be called on to grasp all the dimensions of its horror and folly.

‘Too Busy’ As An Instrument of Incivility and Exhibitionism

People who give you short shrift because they're so busy and so important are employing an avoidance shtick. They think acting that important makes them that important, perception being everything.

How We are Perceived By Our Names

My name, Djelloul, has brought me into confrontation all my life with what it is to be an American. In boarding school it was questioned and I was made to feel 'foreign,' but in the Navy it was accepted because I was a brother in arms.

We Once Thought Lard Was Good for Us-Maybe We’ll Get Over...

Americans once believed that eating lard was good for their health. doctors approved smoking, and Medicare was a communist plot. So there is hope for us yet.

Joan Siegel’s Poetry Shows How Much Society Needs From Its Elderly

Joan I. Siegel, a retired professor of literature, has written an elegant and profoundly moving book of poems, Hyacinth for the Soul, in which ghosts quilt stories in the half-light of memories.

Brian Turner, Soldier-Poet, Tells us What The Iraq War is Really...

We should imbed in combat units not journalists, but poets, artists, musicians-all better equipped to elevate human consciousness. This book about the Iraq war proves it.
Djelloul Marbrook

How a Vulture Class Scapegoated The American Government

Why do we celebrate the outlaw Jesse James as a knight fighting predator banks and corporations while at the same time embracing the people who have devoured the middle class?

How Paintings Can Show More Than We Can Take In

Two 15th Century paintings at New York City's Frick Collection suggest the way memory paints and repaints what we see, so that when we return to look at a painting-or anything or anyone-it is never the same experience.

An Obnoxious Regency Character Who Fits Right in on Wall Street

Jane Austen's Emma is a prequel of every exhibitionist today: she takes up too much room, is a bullying fixer, and moves people around like pawns. Sunday nights on 'Masterpiece Theater,' her latest iteration shows why Austen is a modernist.

Leadbelly, Famed for Singing The Blues, Remains a Neglected Poet

He isn't exactly the father of the blues, not like Blind Lemon Jefferson, but he wrote some of the strangest and most beautiful lyrics in American literature.

While the bubble grew, the press gave us trivia

In this stunning overview, On the Threshold-of What?, he makes the case that opacity is more than an annoyance. This is the point I want to elaborate.
Juan R.I. Cole

What’s in the Name Hussein?

A repugnant e-mail and radio campaign to connect Barack Obama's middle name with Muslim terrorism is being waged, and, like all ideologically driven smears, it rides roughshod over the truth.

Algeria is Not So Far Away

Amari proposes to translate the book into French. No easy task, I'm sure. Amari is the founder and editor of Arabesques Literary and Cultural Review, a trilingual journal.

News Media Still Startled From Its 19th Century Decrepitude

The news industry is worrying itself from its 19th Century decrepitude to the ether, but it needs to redefine the concept of news itself.
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Self-Righteous Critics on The Left and The Right of The Political...

Scott McClellan, the former White House spokesman, has written a book confirming some of the public`s worst suspicions about the presidency of George W. Bush.

Hideki Matsui Has Much to Teach the Pols

Daniel Cabrera, the towering Baltimore Orioles starter, plunked Yankee left fielder Hideki Matsui twice Friday night. The second hit smelled bad.