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matt-beynon-rees's picture
Jun.06.2010
Writer’s block has nothing to do with writing.That might seem obvious. When a writer wants to write, but can’t get anything out, he’s blocked. Not writing. Blocked.But it isn’t the writing that causes the block. Neither is it some psychological problem or an inability to conjure up the Muse of...
elmaz-abinader's picture
Jun.05.2010
1. The sun in Cairo bakes layer of sand frosting on top. My shoes change colors as I walk through the streets, my hair is lighter from the sun, my eyes are dry. Walking is not always easy, but Cairo is working on it. An area of Old Cairo has been restored as a pedestrian walkway --Haret Al-Darb Al-...
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Jun.04.2010
Earlier today, I came across a You Tube video that was posted by a "friend"  on Facebook. The fellow who posted it is a blogger, and he made the point that Thomas should not be allowed to practice journalism because of a two minute clip that was evidently taken from a much longer...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
May.23.2010
NABLUS, West Bank — During the Palestinian intifada, I sat on a dusty hilltop overlooking this most violent of West Bank towns with a dozen of the top Israeli officers in the area. The brigade commanders told their regional chiefs that all the police work and house-to-house fighting of the intifada...
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May.20.2010
I often receive emails from book stores, amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and online literary sites telling me how much I’d like the novels of Matt Beynon Rees. I’m delighted to see these emails, which are based on my other purchases and interests, as only I can truly know just how much the novels of...
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May.13.2010
“Exotic” crime fiction has taken off in the last decade. People want to read about detectives in far-off places, even if they don’t want to wade through learned histories of those distant lands.Many of the biggest selling novels of the last decade have been “exotic crime.” You’ll find a detective...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
May.13.2010
“Exotic” crime fiction has taken off in the last decade. People want to read about detectives in far-off places, even if they don’t want to wade through learned histories of those distant lands.Many of the biggest selling novels of the last decade have been “exotic crime.” You’ll find a detective...
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May.09.2010
Hamas is steadily rebuilding its power in the West Bank, stockpiling weapons and materiel underground, biding its time for a renewal of the conflict with its Fatah rivals. Palestinian security officials have been telling me this for some time, and they are frankly filled with fear and foreboding....
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May.06.2010
A friend of mine was lunching with a Scandinavian author a while back. At one point, the writer joked: “But that’s enough of me talking about myself. What do YOU think of me?” Unlike that charming Scandinavian, I don’t care what you think of me. Don’t be offended – I'm not interested in what I...
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May.05.2010
BETHLEHEM, West Bank — The good news is that the West Bank is normal — kind of — and that people are content — sort of. The bad news, the Palestine Liberation Organization thinks it’s responsible for the good news. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who’s also the Palestine Liberation...