The next one's a book!
if you find yourself in a reasonable time zone and can spare the time, come to my long delayed Afikra conversation (with the great Malek Rasamny). It's at 7 pm Cairo time (that's noon in NYC) on Wednesday 30 March. And you can get a Zoom link here:
Author Youssef Rakha [afikra Conversations] — afikra | عفكرة — www.afikra.com Join us for an online conversation with essayist, novelist, poet & journalist Youssef Rakha to discuss his interests in post-Muslim perspectives.
Also online – I was supposed to be there but encountered late-Covid visa issues – I had the honour to be part of a programme called Horiezontalisme at the Institut français de Casablanca. I read and discussed a talk (which later metamorphosed into this Arabic essay) on the Orientalism-beset experience of being between Arabic and English while doing literature. It's in Arabic and French:
Institut français de Casablanca - Séminaires publics sur l'#Horiezontalisme — www.facebook.com Youssef Rakha (Égypte – romancier, poète) Je suis égyptien, donc je suis invisible En 2018, j'ai décidé d'écrire un roman en anglais. Bien que deux de...
I've been inordinately pleased with this new short piece on desire, my first for The Markaz Review (thanks to Jordan El Gabry), which connects with a much older piece posted as a photo essay on тнє ѕυℓтαη’ѕ ѕєαℓ:
The Angels of Desire - The Markaz Review — themarkaz.org Youssef Rakha meditates on dreams and desire, and why he might just be ready to die for a stranger.
Speaking of which,
I want to reiterate my delight with this, which was really quite serendipitous;
in case you missed it, to give you my Mogamma al Tahrir piece for New Lines once again;
and to reiterate how saddened I've been by the whole Russia-Ukraine thing:
¡Nos vemos en Zoom!