Unmarried blues

Just saw this Washington Post interview with the Egyptian spinster who has made a success out of her (lack of) marital status. I kept looking for the book عازة اتجوز ("I Wanna Get Married") in bookstores in Cairo last summer, after friends mentioned it to me. It was always sold out. Hopefully I'll find it at Christmas. In the meantime, I'm checking out the blog. The book sounds fun and certainly topical. It seems to be part of an interesting proliferation of quite provocative how-to books in Aameya.

Ursula Lindsey

Ursula Lindsey is the managing editor of the Arabist blog. She writes about culture, education and politics in the Arab world. She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the ground-breaking independent magazine Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine in 2005-2006 and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr in 2013-2014. She is the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent. She contributes to the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, Bookforum and the blog of the London Review of Books.