Friday Links: A Driver on Alef’s ‘Knowledge Taxis’; Writers Say No to Normalization with Israel; Reviews & More

A Cairo driver comments on Alef's 'knowledge taxi' project: Gulf News has a brief report on the Alef bookstore chain's "knowledge taxi" project: "Cairo taxi libraries a boon for clients in traffic jams." I understand there have been glitches: people making off with the books, and, of course, it must be a bummer to start … Continue reading Friday Links: A Driver on Alef’s ‘Knowledge Taxis’; Writers Say No to Normalization with Israel; Reviews & More

Friday Links: Your Dose of Orientalism, Publishing Controversies, Graphic Novels, More

In the interest of "balance," today we'll be providing some good old-fashioned views of Arabs (in English) over here at ArabLit! First, the Guardian books blog has a post about reading and knowing Tangiers via European writers (and the disappointments of not finding any bloodthirsty tribals, a la Sheltering Sky, on one's trip to Morocco). … Continue reading Friday Links: Your Dose of Orientalism, Publishing Controversies, Graphic Novels, More

Friday Links: International Translation Day Wrap-up, New October Issues, More

This week's major holiday---in your life, I'm sure, as in mine---was International Translation Day! PierenePress did a heroic job of twittercasting live from PEN's translation-day events; I certainly hope they write a few wrap-up thoughts about the discussions on their blog. Meanwhile, the "top 10" suggestions to come out of a discussion of how to … Continue reading Friday Links: International Translation Day Wrap-up, New October Issues, More