Writing

Mardean Isaac’s essays, short fiction, journalism, and reviews have appeared in the Financial Times, Tablet magazine, the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian (opinion), the Awl and elsewhere. He is essays editor at BRICK magazine.

A review of “The Thirty Year Genocide” by Benny Morris and Dror Ze’evi and “Bloodied, but Unbowed” by Alice Nazarian in the Times Literary Supplement [September 2019]

“Obama’s Genocides”, an essay in Tablet magazine [August 2019]

“Master of the Double Exile”, an essay in Tablet magazine [May 2019]

Dave, a cover feature in BRICK magazine [April 2019]

“Splash and Brag: Mapping Drill’s Ecosystem of Violence”, an essay in BRICK magazine [April 2019]

“My Stories”, an essay in The Blizzard magazine [March 2019]

“Kurdistan and Israel”, an essay in Tablet magazine [November 2018]

“Drill music: from Chicago to Croydon and back”, an article in the Financial Times [October 2018]

“Storytelling: In Conversation with Rapman”, a feature in BRICK magazine [October 2018]

“De La Soul is Dead: A Post-Mortem”, an essay in BRICK magazine [October 2018]

“Pharmaceutical Cocktails”, a menu on Medium [July 2018]

“Romancing Rojava”, an article co-written with Max J. Joseph in Syria Comment [July 2018]

“Is the Lost Language of Iraqi Jews Really Lost?”, an article in Tablet magazine [June 2018]

“Nothing Turns Away”, a short essay in The Blizzard magazine [June 2018]

“Experience: U-God in Conversation”, a feature in BRICK magazine [May 2018]

“Colonial Legacy”, a historical essay in The Blizzard magazine [March 2018]

“Clinging on in the wake of a genocide”, a review of Augin Kurt Haninke’s “The Heirs of Patriarch Shaker” in the Catholic Herald [February 2018]

“Was Turkey’s Genocide of the Assyrians an Islamist Crime?”, a review of Joseph Yacoub’s “Year of the Sword: The Assyrian Christian Genocide” in Tablet magazine [January 2018]

A review of Cathy Otten’s “With Ash on Their Faces” in the Times Literary Supplement [January 2018]

“Erasing Assyrians”, a paper to which he contributed [September 2017]

“The Man in the Internet”, satire in the Awl [April 2017]

“No Country For Its People”, an essay in the Awl [July 2016]

“Under Fire From All Sides: Syria’s Assyrians”, an article in Syria Deeply [June 2016]

“The Assyrians of Syria: History and Prospects”, an article in Syria Comment [December 2015]

“Anonymous Letter from an Organ Trafficker”, a short story in Eclectica magazine [October/November 2014]

“The Assyrian Identity, the Assyrian “Nation”, and their Representation in Syriac Studies”, an academic essay in the Journal of Assyrian Academic Studies [2013]

“The desperate plight of Iraq’s Assyrians and other minorities”, an op-ed in the Guardian [December 2011]