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LONDON: Dave Eggers will deliver this year’s PEN HG Wells Lecture on the theme of digital human rights. Sunday, December 16. Tickets available here.

The Peculiar Arab Chronicles

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Nour is an Egyptian girl in her late teens; she is an Asian-sized person with a very long tongue. This description is neither literal nor perverted; it’s an Arabic metaphor for the tendency to be a smart ass with no manners. How she is so small is one of the world’s wonders, because if food were a crime, she would most certainly get life without the possibility of parole, if not the death penalty (death by sautéing, I presume). She likes and dislikes way too many things. Oh, and she is not big on charity.