"When Naguib Mahfouz was a boy, he tells us, two paths lay before him. There was the path of the literature he loved to read and write. He could take that path and become a distinguished author. There was also the path of the football he loved to play and the footballers he admired. He could take that, it was said, and become a member of the Egyptian Olympic football team."
"Every day I lie and say / I know this place. / My mother's kitchen / brims with afflictions / I must pretend to befriend it / we all know it can have only one master / from its beginning to its end"
In this panel, moderated by Nour Kamel, writers reflect on the various tastes that make up food writing in and through Arabic. Kamel is joined by writer, researcher, and filmmaker Salma Serry; the genre-spanning author of Food for Copts (2017) Charles Akl; and Mariam Boctor a member of Botoun’s curatorial team who helped facilitate “The Taste of Letters” workshop and translated some of its texts into English.
The Summer 2021 issue of ArabLit Quarterly is available today in print and e-form.
The Spring 2021 issue of ArabLit Quarterly -- with voices moist and cricketlike, stirring and gritty, ploverlike and tremulous -- is available today in print and e-form.
"Now, it was the beginning of summer."
"Bella felt she had several cats at once, and that the spirit of her cat was being continually rejuvenated, such that she could never guess what her cat would do next."
ArabLit Quarterly's Winter 2020 issue will have a focus on DREAMS.
This episode of Bulaq looks at the Fall 2020 issue of ArabLit Quarterly.