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Jughead is a Pothead….it’s all crockery….

November 23, 2007


Yesterday I was suddenly assailed with unshakable conviction that Jughead was surely a pothead. Yes, even fifties Jughead. The food, the half-closed eyes, the stupid hat, the lack of real interest in women, the absurdness…it’s all there. I came to this realization as I was opening the fridge. more at… I found this on […]

Showing off

May 4, 2007


Got this off Cairogal. Instructions: Look at the list of books below.*Bold the ones you’ve read*Italicize the ones you want to read*Leave the ones that you aren’t interested in alone. 1.The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)2.Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)3.To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)4.Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)5.The Lord of the Rings: Return […]

Typical Weekend Part II

January 29, 2007


My plan after the book signing was to repair to Maadi, where E had masterminded (and I mean masterminded) the fantastic coup of assembling 15 or so of the Shabab in one place – and an expensive place at that…without advance notice! Mad props. Not knowing my way around that chi-chiest and warren-like of neighbourhoods, […]

Typical Weekend Part I

January 28, 2007


Thursday evening I betook myself and my Shirley Schmidt outfit to meet the hilarious Amnesiac at Diwan bookstore, where Alaa El Aswany was doing a book signing of his new novel, Chicago. We arrived early and found a (and by that I mean one) seat and there we remained for the best part of an […]

Girls and boys and books

July 5, 2006


I am reading Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch, which is basically disappointing me. I figured I’d best read it now while I have football-crazed males in greatest abundance around me. Plus, I really enjoyed High Fidelity (although How to be Good sucked if not a fat, then intermediate-sized, cock); High Fidelity was the first book to […]

Political inspiration from fiction: Ahdaf Soueif

May 31, 2006


Ahdaf Soueif is perhaps the pre-eminent English language Egyptian author. However, she’s not very good. Her romanticism is forced and insipid; and the undercurrent of old money and faded aristocracy makes me faintly sick. Nevertheless, her descriptions of scenery and atmosphere are good, and I read on for great stretches with pleasure until I come […]

An evening with literati

March 8, 2006


I have a friend from undergrad who is a novelist. Isn’t that cool? Well, he’s still writing it, but it’ll definitely get published because Canada being as teeny, he was able to get Margaret Atwood to supervise him and critique his manuscript and the like. Margaret fucking Atwood. Spell check knows who she is. Anyway, […]