"Yesterday, I handed all my poems to my publisher. / I feel like I handed him my head / and the words I speak from now on / will come out of his mouth. / What a disaster!"
"You don’t know me, even if I did turn your head both times you saw me. Once on Sidi Bishr beach in Alexandria and another time at the Semiramis Hotel in Cairo. Each time, I didn’t pay much attention to you, as I’d gotten used to turning men’s heads."
This short 29-minute documentary takes the viewer into the lives, studios, and work of four leading Arab comix artists and graphic novelists: Tunisian artist-author Nadia Khiari, Lebanese artist-author Lena Merhej, Moroccan artist-author Zainab Fasiki, and Egyptian artist-author Deena Mohamed.
"They came at four o’clock in the morning and I was too sleepy to get out of the way in time."
"We are not a community, we who stayed abroad."
All recordings from the recent series "Histories and Archives of Arabic Publishing" are now available online.
In case you have missed it, the special Baffler magazine section on poetry from Palestine, curated by Fady Joudah, continues to unspool.
"The source of love opened / And a lily emerged."
Who swims the ocean is become as brine. Who climbs the mountain is transformed to air."