Is there room, in the world of rap, for an artist who has broken every one of its rules?

Tekashi 6ix9ine is making a cynical bet on himself, and on us. The Brooklyn-born 24-year-old rapper built his career on infamy, outrageousness, face tattoos, a frisson of criminality, actual criminality, and yelling. After a raft of legal troubles, culminating in his snitching on various members of a Bloods-affiliated criminal enterprise…

Great Escape

How Palestinian novelist Atef Abu Saif writes his way out of Gaza

Atef Abu Saif had one of the formative experiences of his literary career in an Israeli jail in 1991. It was Ramadan, and the other prisoners asked Abu Saif, then in his early twenties, to compose a story for a breakfast. During the first Palestinian intifada, in the late 1980s…

Armin Rosen

Armin Rosen is a New York-based freelance writer and reporter-at-large for Tablet Magazine.

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