Anis Shivani

Houstonian Anis Shivani is a fiction writer, poet and critic whose books include My Tranquil War and Other Poems and The Fifth Lash and Other Stories.

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Tabbi With Claws

GRIFTOPIA: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a political reporter with as much brio as Matt Tabbi, and as much disregard for the polite formalities of Washington-based journalism.  Taibbi’s strength—as he demonstrated in The Great Derangement (2008)—is his biting … Read More

Arts & Minds

A glimpse at Wings Press

In the first in a Huffington Post series spotlighting small presses, I chose Wings Press, a plucky San Antonio independent literary press that ‘s been around since 1975, and shows an uncanny abillity to pick up major literary awards. For … Read More


A Day in the Life

Fifty-year-old Kevin Quinn, a scholarly editor at the University of Michigan Press in Ann Arbor, is visiting Austin for a day to interview with Hemphill Associates for a more lucrative editorial job. From his arrival at the Austin airport at … Read More


Lives in Extremes

At the Indian consulate in an unidentified major American city, seven visa applicants and two members of the consular staff are trapped by an earthquake. As water rises in the collapsed building and food runs out, one of the accidental … Read More


Illusion Nation

Amid the hoopla over Barack Obama’s “historic” presidency, Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (PublicAffairs, 2002) and American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America (Free Press, 2007), … Read More