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Publication as Betrayal
Publication as Betrayal

Fall 2016 | ArteZine

“The impulse to create begins – often terribly and fearfully – in a tunnel of silence. Every real poem is the breaking of an existing silence.” – Adrienne Rich In ancient times, language followed a peculiar rule combining contraries. One word could have two opposite meanings;  “strong” could mean powerful or weak. Also, two opposing […]

Not Writing: Sarah Rifky in Response to yet Another call for Writing
Not Writing: Sarah Rifky in Response to yet Another call for Writing

Fall 2016 | ArteZine

A call for writing; Lina Attalah February 10, 2011. The 17th day of the Tahrir sit-in. At that point, we had arrived — through hope and resistance– to the conclusion that Hosni Mubarak would leave power that day. It was the only future we could imagine. You often camped in our newsroom and that day, […]

(On) Difficult Terms
(On) Difficult Terms

Fall 2016 | ArteZine

The excerpts of conversations dotted and hyperlinked across this Fall issue of the Quarterly are transcriptions from a workshop developed with journalists, editors, and copyeditors from Mada Masr, an independent online Egyptian newspaper founded in June 2013 and based in Cairo. In September 2013, we spent an afternoon holed up in Mada’s office debating the changing meaning […]

“There is something to be said about occupying time”
“There is something to be said about occupying time”

Fall 2016 | Transcripts

Naira: Revolution is a process but in language you refer to it as an event. If you refer to the 18 days as revolution in the past tense, “when the revolution happened”, and “after the revolution”,  “INAUDIBLE WORD 4:56 after it’s finished”, it is a very different notion of reality. Lina: I am growing very […]

“Totalitarian publication”
“Totalitarian publication”

Fall 2016 | Transcripts

Maha: ‘Propaganda’ is another word. I struggle with that in culture sometimes. Whom am I to label when something is propaganda or not. Sometimes I used it more specifically in regards to anything state-produced, or the cultural protest or whatever it may be. But I get a bit confused of when to use it or […]

“A growing interest and love for the Arabic language in influential circles”
“A growing interest and love for the Arabic language in influential circles”

Fall 2016 | Transcripts

Habiba: ‘Arab spring’. Jesus. Antonia: Illusion? Lina: I don’t understand, we don’t have spring in the first place. [Laughter] [Everyone talking at once.] Maha: Like what is it? Habiba: No, I think Arab Spring came out of the Prague Spring. Heba: Spring in Arabic is the best time of the year. Omar: Because it was […]

“Hidden Corners”
“Hidden Corners”

Fall 2016 | Transcripts

Habiba: Speaking of deeply, I hear, not that I have actually researched it, there is a lot of controversy around the ‘deep state’. I heard people debate about it. I was wondering if that was an issue with you guys. Heba: I think actually ‘deep state’ is a bit less problematic, it is actually not […]

“Translators assume the role of the censor”
“Translators assume the role of the censor”

Fall 2016 | Transcripts

Adelita: ‘Coup’ was going to be another word we were going to discuss. Antonia: Because coup could still be a change in the system, but not supported by the population, right? Adelita: Should we look at it up. Lina: Coup is cutting no? Habiba: You are the French speaking one. Lina: ‘Couper’ is to cut. […]

“Disillusion”
“Disillusion”

Fall 2016 | Transcripts

Adelita: So you mentioned depression, would you be closer to depression or disillusion? I have the two definitions here, I will read them out, ‘depression’ is: a severe despondency in the INAUDIBLE WORD 6:28 typically felt over a period of time, accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy”. ‘Disillusion’ would be “a feeling of disappointment […]

“July 2007 Baghdad Airstrike”
“July 2007 Baghdad Airstrike”

Fall 2016 | Transcripts

Antonia: The terrorists were used within the rhetoric of Habiba: of the western … Omar: In the 1990s… Egypt had some Habiba: Yea, in the 1990s, you had some terrorism. In 1994, in Luxor. Omar: It was 1993. Habiba: You had a bit of whatever. But ever since then, only after 9/11, it became very […]

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