Critical Linking: April 23rd, 2013


“I think I’m right that that street is where Yo-Yo Ma lives,” she says, tapping her window. “And Stephen Greenblatt lives along here. And Marjorie Garber. I actually haven’t read her work,” she whispers, as if the literary theorist might overhear her. “I know her by reputation only.”

I can’t tell you how annoying this is.


Design and Execute Scrapbook. 



El Shafee had previously been arrested under former president Hosni Mubarak for his graphic novel Metro, a vivid portrait of poverty and corruption under Mubarak’s rule. Metro was immediately banned upon its publication in January 2008 on the grounds of “offending public morals”; police raided the Malameh publishing house, confiscated all copies of the book, and banned Malameh from printing further copies.

Stories like this make me think we need to shut up about what libraries are carrying 50 Shades of Grey and which aren’t and focus on authors getting hauled away to prison for their work.

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