hear. (In return, American and European liberals call them “voices
of dissent”.) Faced with the Islamophobic conditions of their new
homes, they have learned the art of simultaneously acknowledging
and denying their Muslim origins. They speak English with an
accent that confirms their authenticity to their white interlocutors.
The recent incidents of urban terrorism have been so good for
their business that they have had to hire PR firms (such as Benador
Associates) to negotiate their speaking fees and manage their media appearances."
Brown Skin, White Masks by Hamid Dabashi (2011)
Whereas Dabashi’s thesis focuses on the intellectual as “narrative informant” (Rushdie, Nafisi, Warraq, Manji, Hirsi Ali, and Ajami), it seems a new form of “narrative informant” is among us, one that isn’t only confined to academic circles, but rather within the creative/cultural space - the pseudo intellectual cultural practitioner.
This is exactly how I feel about my research right now - dipping into one too many topics.
Although there is an abundance of bad logos flooding the pavilions at the Venice Biennale, the Maldives Pavilion takes the prize: Herculanum Pro Roman is their typeface of choice…