I saw a taxi today with a sticker proclaiming li kol zalem nehaya [‘every oppressor meets his end’] which I thought was a powerful variation on the usual ‘baby on board’ and ‘I’d rather be diving’ themes.
I will not mention how apposite this slogan is for taxi drivers themselves. Nor will I bring up the fact that they themselves manage to squeeze an enormous amount of oppression into a ten minute journey, in the form of relentless discussion of whether Egypt is better than the UK, and/or questions pertaining to my marital status, and finally another (this time heated) ‘discussion’ about the legitimacy of charging 50 L.E to go from Tahrir to Doqqi.
- My Booky Wook
- Everything You Know. Zo Heller
- A Suitable Boy
- The Believers
- Falling Towards England
- Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family
- The Great Gatsby
- Then They Came for Me: A Story of Injustice and Survival in Iran's Most Notorious Prison
- The Year of Magical Thinking