Culture links

* A new-ish art space in Cairo adds an open air theater. I've been to Darb 1718 and it's a quite special location--nice to see they are making such good use of it. 

* Masr International Films (the late Youssef Chahine's production company) teams up with the BBC to produce TV serials "that experiment with themes like religion, gender equality, challenging societal norms.." Not sure how I feel about the social message part of this project, but if they can make an Egyptian equivalent of that Pride and Prejudice mini-series...

* The great and terribly ill Tony Judt is writing a series of autobiographical essays for the NYRB. The last one is on his youthful "all-embracing engagement with left-wing Zionism." 


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.