Posts Tagged: Egypt
A New Paltz, New York bookstore with an anti-Trump sign is fighting a ban against it.
An Egyptian bookstore has a “scream room” where customers can scream as loudly as they like.
With the Gilmore Girls revival only a month a way, there’s a hypothesis that Jess might own a Stars Hollow Bookstore....more
Those who do not adhere to self-censorship are likely to face pressure from the state. Al-Masdar website features political news and is loosely affiliated to the recently banned secular activist group April 6 Movement.
What is it like, in post-Tahrir Cairo, to run a bookstore or a publishing house? What is it like to be a reader or a writer?
For Poets & Writers, Stephen Morison, Jr., writes about the Egyptian revolution from a literary angle....more
It is tempting to read the photos of last week’s renewed conflict in Tahrir Square as yet another isolated round of violence between the Egyptian youth and the Central Security Forces. But this subverts the root of the rage in Tahrir, a rage driven by the premonition that the youth who ignited and died in this revolution are being left behind....more
From a place bubbling over with intellectual stimulation and social change comes a lot of good literature.
The Millions is spotlighting six Egyptian authors that you should know about, inspired by an afternoon at Cairo’s Diwan Bookstore. There’s a lack of Egyptian authors on the shelves of American bookstores, so read this and help correct it!...more
Approaching the Rafah crossing on the morning of its historic opening, I pass a lone Palestinian woman in her mid 20’s holding a newborn, walking into Egypt.
Twenty yards behind her, sweltering in the late morning desert sun is a cluster of children and teens, pressed beside the black gate of boarder....more
On April 8th, Egyptians came to Tahrir Square, as they have every Friday since Hosni Mubarek’s February 11th resignation. These gatherings have become commonplace since the revolution....more
“All books about all revolutions begin with a chapter that describes the decay of tottering authority or the misery and sufferings of the people. They should begin with a psychological chapter, one that shows how a harassed, terrified man suddenly breaks his terror, stops being afraid.” -Ryszard Kapusciski...more
Despite concerns that upheavals in the Arab world would interfere with Abu Dhabi’s International Book Fair, the fair so far has been successful and relatively problem-free. In fact, more books and more publishers from Egypt are participating in the fair than ever before....more
Cairo’s Tahrir Square, now famous as the site of tense political protests, will soon be the site of a large book fair. “Everyone around the globe now associates Tahrir Square with freedom and revolution,” said one bookstore owner....more
It’s early yet for the discussions to begin on how the Egyptian revolution will turn out for the majority of Egyptians and for the rest of the region. My take on these things is to generally be pessimistic, and then be pleased if it doesn’t turn into an epic failure....more
“Aswany has participated in the protests with a passion. He will will write a book about the events still unfolding here: ‘It has been a unique experience not to read about history but to live inside history,’ he told The Independent yesterday.”...more
Pro-government supporters are fighting back against demonstrators, and are armed, according to Nick Kristof, with machetes, straight-razors and clubs.
Andrew Sullivan looks like he’s turned The Daily Dish over to Egypt roundups all day.
If you can’t get Al Jazeerah from your cable or dish subscription–and most people in the US can’t–they’re also streaming live on their YouTube channel....more
Yesterday there was a blog on HTMLGIANT about apolitical writers. I disagreed with it. First, because The Rumpus has had regular roundups of the news from Egypt. Second, because most serious writers I know are very political, very engaged. I’ve edited three books of political fiction and never had difficulty finding contributors....more
The New York Times is also live-blogging from Egypt, and columnist Nick Kristof is in Cairo as well.
Anonymous provides 20 ways to circumvent the Egyptian government’s internet block. A friend of mine said this about Anonymous, and I have to agree: “I love Anonymous....more
The Twitter hashtag #Jan25 is still hopping. It can be difficult to filter out some of the noise, but it’s a way to get some real time information on what’s happening. The Egyptian government had blocked Twitter, but local activists seem to have managed a workaround for now....more
Let me say at the outset here that I don’t really know. This is a developing story and there are some conflicting reports coming out of an area that isn’t exactly known for its love of a free and independent press....more