Goodbye to Albert Cossery

The French-Egyptian author Albert Cossery passed away on June 22. We are great fans of the Cossery oeuvre here at Arabist, and if you haven't read any of his darkly funny books I highly recommend that you do so (I'm a big fan of "Mendiants et Orgueilleux," or "Proud Beggars" (1955) an of "La violence et la dérision"). He left Egypt in 1945 but continued to write about it for the rest of his life. He had a wonderful grasp of the graciousness and cynicism of Egyptian street life, and of the hashish-smoker's lifestyle; and he was a great political satirist whose plots are still perfectly relevant. 

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.