Clash

After receiving praise in the Un Certain Regard portion of Cannes last May, Mohamed Diab’s latest movie, Clash (Ishtibak) is opening in theatres today. Yesterday, Diab lamented deliberate attempts to derail the commercial success of his enterprise, citing pressures from certain “agencies” to ensure the movie is a box office flop; pressures that led to…

For lack of a better word

In centuries of verse, I searched and sailed, For a phrase that’s terse, ’Stead of “love”, but failed.    For the word grew common, And m’lady somewhat bored, In her mind she’d sigh, “c’mon, Can’t you strum a different chord?”   But language was my weak spot, For lack of an edukashun, And Hippocrene was…

Impressions

I relate to Impressionist paintings. They mirror the everyday heroism of the ordinary individual. The artist does not seek perfection in every detail and yet, in totality, the grand effect is that of subtle beauty and a testament to fine adeptness. And like the peculiarities of everyday lives, the artist forgoes details where details may…

Bereaved

A blip on the radar that blipped no more. Such was the insidious fate of MS804, and an analogy to life in general. Strutting and fretting our hour upon the stage until we are heard no more. The anguish in his voice was only as palpable as the apprehension in mine. I asked him if…

Nobel Defiled

Originally posted on Archer Burrows' Egypt:
A diary entry written in January 2015. As ridiculous as it may sound, it is actually true. ? I just heard the darnest thing. So we’re at this gig to honour [a G7] Foreign Minister who was visiting Cairo on the 15th, and a friend of a friend of someone’s cousin…

Revolution persists

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore… and then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over… like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it just explode? —Langston Hughes What…

So why should I be funny?

* * Daddy, mommy says you’re funny. — Why that’s really nice of her. ** But I told her “daddy doesn’t want to be funny. He wants to be smart”. — Funny people are smart. You can’t be funny without being smart. ** But you’re not funny most of the time. — Funny people are…