Of interest

The New York Times' Sunday Book Review section has a review "The Photographer"--what looks like an exceptional graphic novel/memoir/photo album that tells the experience of a team of French volunteers and doctors in Afghanistan in the 1980s. 

Who are the best 39 Arab writers under 39? The answer to this slightly strange question is coming soon (and you can make your own suggestions).
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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.