Model UNESCO: A Roundtable: With Sarah Rifky, Nadia Ayari, Annabel Daou, Ranya Husami, and Mahmoud Khaled
American participation in the International Cairo Biennale has been wrongheadedly PC, expensive, beautiful, boring, and/or outright controversial.
Imprisoned Airs: A conversation with Salar Abdoh
In life, Reza Abdoh inspired all manner of fantastical tales.
Haj to Utopia
They were drawn from a seemingly incoherent mix of -isms: pan-Islamism, Irish republicanism and Bolshevism.
In 2006, I was asked to address an audience in Tehran on the novels of Orhan Pamuk.
Christopher de Bellaigue
Notes on a Century
Alongside these formidable accomplishments, there is a Bernard Lewis who is reviled by leftish academia and who is surrounded by dubious sycophants.
Issandr El Amrani
Jumana Manna: The apparatus of the game
Here, the touch of her swim coach’s hand can stand in for all the sexual slippage of a woman coming of age in water.
A Very Still Life: Jack Kevorkian and the muse of genocide
Quite at home in the museum, the severed head of a young woman dangles by her hair a few feet from the reception desk.
Anna Della Subin
Aleph Null: Shridhar Bapat’s undergrounds
People remember Shridhar with regret because that’s how they remember themselves — their disillusionments and disappointments, their selling out or failing to sell, their settling down and surviving.
Monocle #49: SOFT POWER IN ITS OWN 555 WORDS
The world’s only superpower is public opinion.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan: Uneasy listening
In December of 1985, James Vance and Raymond Belknap, age twenty and eighteen, respectively, shot themselves in the face after many hours of beer drinking and dope smoking in a church parking lot in the town of Sparks, Nevada.
Franziska Pierwoss: Car talk
The funny thing about Franziska Pierwoss is that despite spending much of the past six months immersed in the intricacies of Beiruti car culture — from body kits and butterfly doors to the ups and downs of drifting — she doesn’t actually know how to drive.
The Angry, Angry Arab
As’ad AbuKhalil is a serious-minded political scientist and an erudite commentator on Middle Eastern politics.
Babak Radboy, E.P. Licursi
The Marble Lawn
I was seven when my father left for Saudi Arabia.
Yasmine El Rashidi
As the motorcade crept up Broadway, the shower of tickertape and confetti was so thick that one might have failed to notice Emperor Haile Selassie I, serene as a saint, buried in the pomp and protocol of his own welcoming.
Anna Della Subin
Soft Readers Prefer Hard Covers
Last year, for the first time, e-books outsold hardback editions on Amazon.com. We are past the Rubicon. It’s a new frontier for digitized distribution, a post-publishing paroxysm.
The Chibsi Challenge
Crisps or chips?
Sophia Al-Maria, Michael C. Vazquez, Yasmeen Alsudairy, Sarah Fan, E.P. Licursi, Sukhdev Sandhu, Anna Della Subin, Andy Pressman
In the Presence of Absence
: Present without leave
Mahmoud Darwish’s later poetry is a gathering of ghosts.
My first introduction to Egypt’s Beverly Hills came sometime in 2006. Its billboard loomed over a dust-coated building, visible from a crossroads of thoroughfares and the looping tentacles of the mammoth bridge that links downtown to every other part of the city.
Yasmine El Rashidi
Hamlet’s Arab Journey
Nasser was not Hamlet, and he was no Macbeth.
The Bequest of Quest
Quest was strange, delightful, controversial, and mostly forgotten.
Michael C. Vazquez