About M. Lynx Qualey

M. Lynx Qualey lives in Cairo, Egypt, where she writes about Arabic literature. She blogs daily at http://arablit.wordpress.com, and you can follow her at @arablit.

‘We’re So Lucky’

Often, when we Americans leap into a discussion about “free speech” — a phrase that has become so over-stretched that it’s ceased to mean much of anything – we find ourselves responding with belly-rubbing complacency: “Ah, things sure are bad…

On Being (Re-)invited

A few days ago, I published a commentary on my dis-invitation from the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. Yesterday, as I opened my computer feeling even more scattered than usual, I saw a message from a friend at the fair,…

On Being Silenced

Quick note: I have just received a phone call and follow-up email re-inviting me to the festival. Much has changed in the last two weeks. From my last post to today, I have different eyes. More to the point, I have…

When Should Authors Take Money from a Government?

Recently, The Art Newspaper reported that Human Rights Watch issued a warning to arts organizations about dealing with Qatar. According to The Art Newspaper, HRW consultant Nicholas McGeehan said: “The Qataris [have] projected an image of themselves as progressive and enlightened—whether…

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