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November 13, 2012
Coffee Hour: on A Week in Tunisia
Click to listen to Chris and Mark in a wrap-up exchange on the less-than-revolution in Tunisia (30 min, 12 meg) We’re lifting a ritual from the Cairo novels of the...|
November 9, 2012
Yasser Jradi: for a “cultural revolution” in...
Yasser Jradi is a Tunisian calligrapher and musician best known for writing an anthem of the 2011 Revolution, Dima, Dima. He says it was the anaesthetic “bad culture” of Ben...|
November 7, 2012
Nadia Khiari’s “Willis in Tunis”: Born Again...
Click to listen to Chris’ conversation with Nadia Khiari (7 min, 5.1 meg) TUNIS — Nadia Khiari is considering my question: what’s the artist’s job in a revolution? She was...|
November 21, 2005
Postcard from Tunis: Veni, Vidi, Wiki, Wifi,...
Displayed at the airport in Tunis this weekend [Camel Ryder / Flickr] TUNIS — “The place is feeling very post-modern,” says DJ Spooky, the cyber hip-hop oracle and artist also...|
January 12, 2015
Sven Beckert’s Cotton: Guilty Fabric of our...
For the Delta to become the chief grower of the industrial world’s most important commodity – a kind of Saudi Arabia of the early 19th century – its land had...|
August 29, 2014
WWI, In 12 Photos
The World War I photographs are as horrible as any current-events coverage Taylor might post, but they're also weird. They have a mood; they are uncanny. You don't know how to dismiss them,...|
January 12, 2013
Gregory Buchakjian in Beirut: A Course of...
Gregory Buchakjian looks at the Arab uprisings of the last two years and sees not an exception but an extension — at best a pause, not a change, along a...|
December 29, 2012
Nael El Toukhy: a post-modern novelist’s eye...
Nael El Toukhy is a bright light among Egypt’s millennial writers at a breakpoint in Arab culture as well as politics. On a rooftop in Cairo we’re talking about the...|
December 27, 2012
Khaled Abol Naga: Egypt’s Best of Times,...
Khaled Abol Naga — movie star and now film producer, too — found his political voice in what was supposed to be a documentary film. “Microphone” (trailers: here and below)...|
November 20, 2012
A Note on Gaza, November 20, 2012
CAIRO — The slaughter in the Gaza Strip is five hours away by car, plus a few hours’ waiting time at the border checkpoints. Yet Gaza’s suffering is several surreal...|
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