Tuesday, November 03, 2015

No Sex Please, We're Egyptian.

In Egypt Ahmed Nagy and his editor are up on charges for publishing an except from his erotic novel in the literary section of a newspaper. An act which prosecutors claim constituted: "using his mind and pen to violate public decency and good morals, inciting promiscuity."  Part of the problem seems to stem from the prosecutors weak grasp of the concept of 'fiction'. They are treating the excerpt as if it is an article reporting actual events.

On the run up to US Thanksgiving, one is reminded that there is something worse than not being taken seriously as a writer--and that is being taken altogether too seriously by a rather paranoid regime.

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