Ibrahim has guest-edited a long section of our new issue. Not only has he penned a long article for us on the present situation in his hometown, Beirut, and his country, Lebanon, but he also curated a series of Lebanese talent in fiction, poetry, art and photography including the photographer Tanya Traboulsi and the writer Lina Mounzer. We also feature a “long” short story by Liane Al Ghusain, two poems by the Beirut based poetry collective The Poeticians, an interesting photo-essay on Studio Fouad – the oldest photographic studio in Beirut – and a selection of the strongest and more significant artworks relating to Beirut in the past ten years by local curator Roy Dib. We are also pleased to include a new short story by the Irish author Kevin Barry (New Yorker, The Guardian, New Statesman, Granta) with photographs from Simon Lee. The Asian/US author Karl-Taro Greenfeld (The Paris Review, GQ, The Atlantic) contributes a brand new story. A photographic reportage by Jon Tonk show us some of the most remote British overseas territories. This issue also features a short story full of mystery by the French Canadian author Marie-Claude Bourjon introduced by a painting from the Italian artist Tommaso Gorla. To conclude, we present the reader with 12 studies on geometry and perspective created in 1567 by the German engraver Lorenz Stoer.
Archive Studio Fouad / Archive Lorenz Stoer’s Geometria et Perspectiva / Fiction The Engagement Party by Liane Al Ghusain / Fiction Roma Kid by Kevin Barry with images by Simon Lee / Fiction We Want What We Want by Karl Taro Greenfeld with a drawing by Ali Fitzgerald / Fiction Lemures by Marie-Claude Bourjon with a painting by Tommaso Gorla / Diary A Life History in Ten Drinks by Lina Mounzer with drawings by Jana Traboulsi / Poetry Innards by Hind Shoufani / Poetry Palimpsest City by Zeina Hashem Beck / Portfolio Empire by Jon Tonks / Reportage Same but different words by Ibrahim Nehme photos by Tanya Traboulsi