While culture under Mubarak was handed down by the state, today Egypt’s artists and intellectuals are more rebellious. Previously, Mubarak took advantage of the state’s monopoly on culture. Even the country’s renowned novelist Naguib Mahfouz could barely scrape a living and was forced to worked as a government clerk on the side. However, last week […]
Are they nuts? Pals launch literary journal in a bad economy.
After Nick Clegg revealed his eight favourite tracks, with the additional book and luxury item, for Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs today, he washed up as Twitter’s latest victim. The Deputy Prime Minister stayed awake until two am to make his choices which musically ranged from the World Cup theme Waka Waka to classical piano. […]
I read Mario Vargas Llosa’s novel ‘Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter’ (Spanish: Tía Julia y el Escribidor) a while ago, but I promise to transform into a bookslut soon. (Check out this blog link, one of the top litblogs around.) As I was saying, I read this book (published 1977) when I was around the […]
Cruisin’ for a bruisin’? This is the link to an article about the clash between García Márquez and Vargas Llosa.